Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1979

This opulent, deep opaque purple Cabernet has a softness that I savor so much. And there were lots of sensory memories from my past that I had to call upon in free association...

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Greg Dal Piaz from Snooth organized this vertical tasting of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon's ranging from 1975 to 1979 and ending with a 2003 Pietra Santa thrown in for good measure. We gathered at Cafe Loup on 13th Street in NYC to sample these wonderful old Cabs from the Maestro of California wines.

All the wines were double decanted to lose any sediments and were opened an hour and a half before we got our hands on them.

©2008 photo by Dave Trieger

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