Aged USDA prime porterhouse “rare”
“Peter Luger style”
Sly`s half & half
1990 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- 96% Cabernet, 4% Merlot; this shined ever so brightly in comparison to any in the last flight; nice blueberry spice comes out in the nose and a metallic hit comes in late before moving on with good black and blue fruit with a touch of talc and the tannins show up and finish things off.
1990 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS OLD VINE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- fabulous wine; with a deep dark youthful color, and a slight veggie nose, the goodness prevailed as tasty spicy full on black cherry comes in to take over and give this a thumbs up; the most pleasant aspects complete the deal.
1991 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- 96% Cabernet, 4% Merlot; dry cherry and black currant all mildly present in this lighter style, light to medium body wine; although it isn`t and missing the fresh young fruitiness, it could be termed a rose of cabernet sauvignon.
1991 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS OLD VINE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- more Merlot like even though it`s blended in in minimal amounts, this has some tasty mild spicy cranberry, blueberry notes in this medium bodied wine; the tannins are soft and easy on the palate.
1976 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- showing ever so slight aging color of deep amber, this is smoke laden dried plum and black currant; made by Merry Edwards.
The 90`s win this flight. Latter on, Jeffrey commented “1990 was the first year I felt I had arrived in making good Cabernet from this vineyard”.
Another very well informed attendee at the table stated “91` was a great vintage in CA although 90` was rated much higher”. My experience confirms that as well.
Truffled Brillat-Savarin, pecorino stagionato, & Midnight
Moon goat`s milk Gouda
[from C`est Cheese]
1972 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- no question, the appearance suggests a wine with some age on it, but this was not over the hill and out, in fact, it was very delightful; the immediate hit of clove in the aromatics won me over and it got better with lots of black currant chiming in; the fruit was a bit dry and still tasty and it had depth and richness; the finish was not long, but enough to call the whole deal a winner.
1973 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE “FIRST PICK” CABERNET SAUVIGNON- made by Merry Edwards and bottled 6 months ahead of the 2nd pick; amazingly youthful vibrant color, nice very viable tertiary dark fruit which faded in favor of a bit of astringency at the end.
1973 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE “SECOND PICK” CABERNET SAUVIGNON- also made by Merry Edwards, more of everything here; more inviting nose, really good and more expression of black cherry/ berry fruit and amazing balance.
1974 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- this also impressed with lots of fruit in the nose and body with red raspberry being most obvious; it was soft, elegant and so tasty; how about a 41 year old Cab? Bravo!
1975 MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON- the label stated this was bottle # 3096, but only 3,070 were made??? Nonetheless, it was a treat; it had good fruit with a bit of smoke, some toasted plum and blueberry and was simply delightful.
This entire flight demonstrated why some of us cellar wine for the long run and cherish the benefits. All 5 of these were extremely approachable.
John made the comment “The 73`s in CA were special”. Darrell stated so profoundly, “The last flight shows that a wine has to come from a place and the place makes the wine”.
There was unanimous agreement this was an extremely special event and a once in a lifetime experience that all would do again in a heartbeat. I learned so much from some of the attendees and formed some new friendships and connections that we all know is one of the treasures of this wonderful world of wine [and food].
"In victory you deserve Champagne. In defeat, you need it".
“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” – Winston Churchill