• andtheodor wrote: flawed

    November 20, 2019 - Stewed plums, VA, and pickles. Not correct.

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  • gblacave wrote: 94 points

    September 28, 2014 - This just keeps getting better. Nose is consistent with previous bottles, full of cassis, undergrowth, and leather, but more complete and full in this bottle - lots of dark fruit filling out the nose and the palate. The palate is silk - fully integrated, beautifully balanced.

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  • tooch wrote: 93 points

    September 28, 2014 - Sunday Night Dinner (RPM Steak - Chicago, IL): Gorgeous nose of currants, sweet cherry, violets, and smokey earth. Palate was in a great spot. Lots of sweet dark fruit, with some secondary spice tones. Really nice.

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  • Los 12 Glotones Likes this wine: 88 points

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    Els12golafres Wine Tasting Group: http://vinosclasicos.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/torres-gran-coronas-etiqueta-negra-1978.html
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    Rubí marronoso de capa media-alta con ligeros precipitados en forma de escamas en la base de la botella. Reflejos granadinos y cobrizos, oscuro, cerrado. Borde estrecho, atejado, diferenciado del menisco.

    En nariz muestra un carácter plenamente varietal, elegante, fino, lleno de fruta negra reducida (ciruelas maceradas, grosellas, moras), ahumados, hoja de habano y un rastro de cuero viejo, granos de café, vainilla, especias dulces. Resultón, tostado, sin apenas reducción en comparación con otras añadas. Hay apuntes balsámicos a pimiento, hinojo, pimienta negra, regaliz Zara y algo de latería de fondo. Evoluciona rápidamente sacando aromas de tierra húmeda, trufa negra y una retahíla de hojarasca y monte umbrío.

    En boca algo más austero de lo esperado, sin tanta finura. Tostado, amargoso, equilibrado, con taninos fundidos, grasos, y una acidez justa pero suficiente. No se le ve mucha fuerza para aguantar más tiempo en botella. Hay que beberlo ya. Correcto, con encanto, aunque algo inferior al excepcional 1971 o 1975.

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    90% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc - 12.5% vol.
    Uvas procedentes exclusivamente de un pequeño y selecto viñedo de cabernet sauvignon plantado en 1966 en el término municipal de Pacs del Penedès. Vendimia efectuada durante la primera semana del mes de octubre. Fermentación en cubas de acero inoxidable. Posterior crianza en barricas nuevas de roble americano y francés durante 6 meses. El vino continuó luego su envejecimiento en barricas de segundo y tercer año hasta el momento de su embotellado en noviembre de 1980. Permaneció descansando en los calados de la bodega hasta la fecha de su comercialización, en mayo de 1985.
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  • rbs1 wrote: 93 points

    May 4, 2014 - Never had any expectations when opening the bottle. Surprise, it kept getting better with air. Very smooth, with hints of tabaco, leather and cherry.

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  • salil wrote: 92 points

    March 8, 2014 - A strong musty note initially had me wondering if this was corked. Happily, that blew off quickly and it kept getting better over a few hours in a decanter. A dead ringer for a mature left bank Bordeaux, this was fantastic to drink with plenty of mature red fruit, cedar, tobacco and other savoury earthy and leathery notes all coming together very seamlessly on a polished, medium weight frame.

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  • Anonymous wrote: 91 points

    March 8, 2014 - Biryani @ Salil's (Vernon, CT): This seemed like a very sound bottle. The fill level was good and the color showed appropriate signs of age, with a healthy ruby middle. When first opened this seemed a bit musty and reduced. This improved remarkably with air, showing saddle leather, walnuts, cedar and sweet dried cherry notes. Perhaps there was a touch of oxidation, but this was still very enjoyable, and it kept getting better with air. The tannins were fully resolved and this was like liquid silk on the palate. This started to resemble an elegant, mature claret. Perhaps the oak was a bit sweet, but it was just a side note to an otherwise complex drinking experience.

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  • gblacave wrote: 90 points

    December 21, 2013 - Consistent with previous note. This bottle was cloudy as I was unable to stand it up ahead of time and it probably suffered for it.

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  • Le Musigny wrote:

    April 15, 2013 - Nice bottle. Opened up after 30 minutes of air with nice dark fruit. Silky tannins are almost gone.

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  • gblacave wrote: 91 points

    November 22, 2012 - A very rewarding bottle of wine . A bouquet of cassis, saddle leather, and undergrowth that is complex and delicate. Fully resolved tannin on the palate, leaving behind a silky texture that is perfectly mature. This is a really wonderful example of elegant and mature Cabernet.

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