When you can get a perfectly stored bottle, this is still an amazing wine, almost identical to the stellar 1968 vintage. In this case tasted from a tenth with perfect fill, the wine exhibited the classic redwood and cedar Greorges de la Tour nose, with only a light amount of maderization typical of this age of California wine. Full bodied fresh red berry fruits on the palate, and a long woody finish. I've started to drink these old BV wines up, but I will be sad to see them go, as they are all little time capsules of how wonderful they were back in the 70s and 80s.
Another stunner from '69. Tasted after 30 minutes after the cork was removed in 2 pieces. The cork was soft and soaked but it did it's job as this bottle had a top shoulder fill.
What joy springs from this bottle. There were the ripest red fruits and cherries encased in bittersweet chocolate. But wait, there's more! Spices abound along with seasoned leather. The acidity was still there to keep this aged wine balanced and food friendly. If tasted blind I might have guessed a very old Brunello. A wonderful gift, thank you.
this bottle had a nid to low shoulder ,some evidence of seapage on the top foil , the cork fell in the bottle when touched. a watery rim but not brown, not cooked at all.definat leather nose, got better after 1 to 2 hours - the mid pallet funk blew off after 40 min.Has some fruit and smooth tannin. comples. better after 3 hours interesting to try. .
Just a Friday with buddies (Austin, TX): Popped and poured. Right off the get go this showed a bright red fruit profile on the nose with cherries, red currants, pommegranate, herbs, and hint of leather. This keep filling in and becoming more more interesting the best sips were the last ones after the bottle had been open three hours. Bright flavors of cherry, red currant, cedar, hint of tobacco, plum, leather, and a hint of dust. Finishes with resolved but present tannins and great balance. Absolutely stunning and I might be underrating this particular bottle.
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