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Community Tasting Notes (5) Median Score: 90 points

  • Outstanding. Plenty of fruit left. Sourced four bottles from Benchmark Wines and all four were in great shape. Of the six 1975 wines tonight, this was the top one. Definitely some sediment at the bottom but a surprisingly youthful presentation.

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  • Nice. Nose of Andes chocolate mint candies and a bit of blackcurrant. Quite light in the mouth though it fills out a bit with air. No tannin left. Probably better 5 years ago, but still distinctive.

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  • Others at the table were more favorably disposed to this, but I didn't see it. Compared to an 82 Carbonnieux and 78 Ravenswood Cab drunk in recent days, this was far, far inferior. Dried out on the palate and citric, so the only thing left was a bouquet, and it just smelled like generic mint-cedar old CA cab. I might be more charitable if this was a $20 Inglenook, but, for a wine that isn't cheap by CA cab standards on the secondary market, I expect more than a dried out shell, even at 37 years old.

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  • Base neck fill. Cork came out with a nice pop. Probably 5 or 10 years past its peak, but I still liked this. Lovely nose with deep black fruit, cedar, herbs, and mint. The palate is drying out a bit and couldn't quite match the nose, but with air it filled out with some nice savory dark fruit, dead leaves, and a nice minty flavor. Perhaps lacks a bit of elegance to the tannin, but a very nice old school napa cab.

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  • tough to rate because of the age. it was an amazing bottle that held up well. it had a lot of acidity which surprised me.

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