It was time again for a nice red wine evening. We didn’t have a real topic and gathered some random bottles of red wine from 1972 to 1997. Here are the notes:
1972 Gigondas, Henri de Villamont
We started with this old Gigondas. Luckily we had no problem with the cork. In the glass it had a nice although slightly blurry red colour. In the nose a little age note with cellar and mushroom. On the palate, lively acidity which probably kept this wine alive. Yet it still appeared balanced and was nicely drinkable but had a rather short finish.
1978 Marques de Caceres Reserva, Rioja
As a birthday vintage wine this was of course a special bottle for my twin brother Felix and Me. And luckily it was also a superb wine – clearly the best of all 5 for me. It had a beautifully, nearly brilliant red colour. In the nose it had intense marmalade-like notes of red berries. On the palate it appeared elegantly slim with a discrete acidity and very youthful berry fruit, followed by a very long finish. With time some delicious chocolate notes also showed up and made this wine a perfectly aged masterpiece which you would never guess a 1978 vintage at all.
1990 Casa de La Vina Cencibel Reserva, Valdepenas
A quick one: clear age notes mixed with glue and varnish. Still drinkable, but no real pleasure.
1991 Mas Muriel Reserva, Rioja
A bottle I got from Ebay. The colour was ok. The nose was a little blunt but without a trace of an age note. On the palate then balanced and round, but nothing special. This wine must have had better days
1997 Rutherford Ranch Merlot, Napa Valley
Now a complete change in region and style. The Napa Merlot had a typical dark red colour. The nose was powerful with herbs and spices. On the palate it appeared nearly too powerful with still very astringent tannins, but notes of herbs and spices also came through. With time and some air it opened up a bit and showed more complexity. All in all it still felt much too young and I guess it would need another 5 to 10 years.