Sommelier said the cork was a little challenging to remove, but in mostly good shape. Very funky nose at first, a bit barnyard-like, but that dissipated after about 10 minutes in the glass. Rich color, no hint of age in appearance, only slight fading at the margins but no bricking at all. Tannins are still quite grippy, good acidity, black fruit fading a bit. Long tart finish. Showing very well.
Birthday wine. Celebrated my 40th with this, and I was very happy with it. Very little color fade around the edge. Aroma was a bit earth, but still had some black fruit to it and some tobacco, as well. Nothing denoting raisin or oxidation. The body still showed well, velvety and palette-coating. Still showing some grippy tannins, which was surprising to me. A nice acid backnote, but not overbearing. Balanced. Finish was slightly bright. Even though the Drink Window on here says 2011 on the outside, I still felt this bottle could still hold up to a few more years. Overall, I was quite happy with it, and it made a milestone birthday very special.
Burgundy Producer Dinner (Bistro de l'Hotel - Beaune): Only the 2nd time I've had this wine. First time it was corked and this 2nd wonderful bottle was opened in Beaune! Lots of black fruit, tobacco, spice. Very intense but with great overall balance, textures. Still fresh.
Purchased a few years back from Hi-Time, this bottle had a base neck fill and a pristine cork that came out easily with a screwpull. A nice ruby color with some bricking, this did not appear as youthful as a '75 Pontet Canet I had the other night. Red plum, forest floor, sandalwood and some "Draper perfume" on the nose. This shows similar flavors but with some blood orange notes also in the mix. Medium bodied with well resolved tannins, this showed its best with about an hour of aeration, and surprisingly the remaining 1/3 bottle was still holding up the next day. Nonetheless, I think this is at or past its peak, and was a very nice '74, but not as good as some others I've tried (Conn Creek and Mondavi Reserve are at the top of that list for now).
I'm amazed at how well this wine held up after having had poor storage for about 15 years before going into commercial storage. One of six bought at the winery in 1977. Similiar to a 74 Mt. Eden we had a couple years ago, it was in good shape. I know it would be much better if it had had proper storage but it was still tasting good. Maybe more one dimensional than the Mt. Eden which I remember enjoying a little bit more. 100% cab at 12.9% back then. I figured the Mt. Eden was a fluke but this one gives me a lot more appreciation of how these wines were made. If in pristine shape, I'm sure it would be great. Litterally amazed at how well it held up.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; mature, aromatic, ripe black currant, black cherry, blackberry flavored tobacco nose; silky textured, youthful, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant palate; long finish (12.9% alcohol) 97+ points