Dark rust color with significant thinning at the rim. Aromas of porcini juice, green tobacco, and a hint of currant. On the palate, this shows leather, porcini mushrooms, cedar, and humidor. This didn't budge with 24 hours of air, so appears to be in a final state. Interesting as a historical artifact, but not one to seek out from this particular example. Drink up.
Ridge Monte Bello Vertical 1972-2003 (Chez Kailin - Northbrook IL): Tasted single blind in 1972-1992 vertical. Good aromatics of floral, cedar and some dark cherry and currant. Flavors of black cherry and background mushrooms. Good spice on finish. not powerful, but elegant balanced and almost lacy. I preferred this to most others in the group tonight.
taste: great classy and polished medium feel. Tannins are fully resolved with great medium acidity along with tones of sour cranberries, bits of cedar, menthol, dark red cherries and some real tasty tones of black currants
overall: the color on this was absolutely stunning. There wasn't too much bricking and it had a lovely garnet hue in the glass. This has more then kept itself together over the ensuing decades and comes off as having plenty of legs left. A very elegant wine that also brought about a great finish. (my 2, the group's 5)
Wineflock - California Cabernet from the 1970s (Rich's): Group #2, My #1 - Full deep black red color. Wonderful nose of chocolate, black fruit, and mint. Nice rich black fruit wiht a hint of sweetness and a longish finish with a coffee note. I really think the group missed this one as it was clear WOTN to me.
Flock - 70s Cal Cab Tasting (My Place): Ruby. Rich nose of currants, nutmeg, hazelnut and road tar is youthful - even creamy at times. Palate is full of freshness, verve and flavor. Currants, mint, cedar and spice carry into a long finish. Excellent. My WOTN, Group #2. Love it when a wine that predates me provides so much pleasure!
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