Friday, December 5, 2008
1975 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve... From A Vertical Tasting of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserves 1975-79
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. Eight wine lovers (see photos) 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.
The first on the table was the 1975 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
Right out of the gate it was intensely aromatic and heavy with Earth, Funk and Barnyard (remember them from the 70's?) and layered on top of that were red cherries, saddle and vanilla.
This one showed such complexity that on the palate there were just as many layers: white pepper, smoked bacon, green pepper skin and raisins. The finish was an interesting amalgam of all of the contributing factors that constructed this grand California classic.
See another review by Greg Dal Piaz
©2008 photo by Dave Trieger