Part of the fun of the Retrospective Tasting aftermath (for more about the 50th Anniversary Retrospective Tasting on this blog, please click here) has been reading all the different perspectives from the attendees; each is in their own way a fascinating member of the wine intelligentsia, and each brings to the collective table a singular palate, and a singularly intriguing communicative style. Enter into this forum Laurie Daniel, probably the closest thing to a “local” writer we have; being where we are, all the way up in the clouds … anyhow, Laurie is based in San Jose, making her essentially a neighbor, so it was very nice to have the local community represented at the tasting. She has just posted her wrap-up of this historic event, and you can find it here:
Here is a snapshot of her highlights:
1968 ““ Lively, earthy red cherry with notes of smoke, sage and tobacco.
1970 ““ Bright and a little earthy, with notes of cedar, sage and forest floor. Smooth. Poured from magnum.
1978 ““ Earthy and a little meaty, with red cherry, wet stone, cedar and still-firm tannins.
1984 ““ Lively, vibrant and still plump, with notes of earth, truffle and forest floor.
1991 ““ Cedary aromas, with rich, plump texture, red fruit and some earthy notes.
1992 ““ Still very youthful. Rich and a little earthy, with red fruit, a hint of truffle and a long finish.
1995 ““ Still tight. As it opens up, displays bright cherry, a hint of bay leaf, firm tannins and a long finish.
2000 ““ Youthful aromas. On the palate, still tight, with bright cherry and notes of mint and tobacco.
2005 ““ Quite tight, with lively cherry and a salty minerality. Rich and plump.
2007 ““ Lively black cherry, nice savory note, fine tannins, good concentration. Not yet available to consumers.