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Community Tasting Notes (59) Avg Score: 92.0 points

  • Served from a 6 liter bottle in pristine condition, cork came out in one piece. This was light and precise, with red fruits and minerality. Great texture and aroma. Color was a dark garnet with slight bricking. An absolute classic, an understated and elegant gem. I wish more Napa wine was like this.

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  • Gareth’s ‘40th’ (La Trompette): Magnum. Having had a five star bottle earlier in the year, a five star mag follows. Proper claret nose. Cedar. A nose of sous bois. So harmonious and complete. Just lovely. A richness but so classical and balanced. Effortless. *****

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  • CRIBBS @ La T (La Trompette, London): Another wonderful bottle. Mid garnet. Some lushness to get fruit and a warm terracotta quality balance by good acidity. A cross between the Rioja and the Claret alongside, taking only the best bits of both. This is a bottle one could follow over th course of a couple of hours on ones own. Just lovely. Again, given the scope for bottle variation this was caught at the right time and place. *****

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  • This was a confusing bottle. Barely any bricking, still retaining its deep garnet color all the way through to the edges. Still throwing tons of fruit on the nose, with bright plum, stewed strawberry, black cherry, in addition to mushroom, forest floor, and a little bit of mildew. This had a linear nose that seemed to cycle through pleasant and unpleasant aromas at random. The palate was promising. I was thrilled. It was bright, fruit forward, supple, really beautiul stuff, but then...the finish. Yuck. Bitter, astringent, farty--generally just offputting and unpleasant. A linear palate as well, reflective of the notes on the nose, but that finish just wrecked it for me. Still impressed at how much remains of the fruit here--a testament to what this 40 year old wine once was. Unfortunately, it's fallen apart. I don't want to score it, as it seems unfair to do so at this point.

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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve (1970-1998) (Skokie, IL): Served blind in a Mondavi lineup. Again this has a little bit of bricking. The nose here is a little more high-toned, showing a good bit of fruit. This is even more forward than the other two wines. The fruit here is much riper and is more delineated than the other wines. Seems to be a fairly ripe wine as well. Nice sweetness here, with the fruit showing more freshness than the 1970 or 1980. This seems to be a bit more youthful than the other two; I'm guessing mid-1990s? My 7th, group's 7th.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/21/2011, (See more on 87 points

    (Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) From magnum - dark red violet color; mature, beef, herbal nose; mature, beef bouillon, black fruit, quite advanced palate; medium finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/7/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) Bricking medium dark red violet color; maturing, VA, autumnal, roasted berry, cedar, plum nose; mature, roasted berry, cassis palate with mushroom notes; medium-plus finish 93+ points (92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot; 25 mos. in 60-gallon French oak barrels from Nevers with a light toast, 87% new; 13% alcohol)

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