Wednesday, April 14, 2010

'80s Cabernet Blind Tasting 4/8/10

This was a Rossbott tasting. 19 people, 8 wines. We tasted blind and individually ranked them. The rankings are compiled and tallied, yielding a group score, ranking and a spread. The score is 1 point for each 1st place vote, 2 for 2nd and so on down to 8 for 8th, so the lower the score the better. The spread shows the number of votes for the following rankings: 1st/2nd/3rd/last.

A) Nose - mature, warm, smooth, integrated redwood, sweet spice, tobacco, cedar. Really nice.
Very dilute expression of tobacco and dried plum. Lingers well, but not much there. 84 pts
My #6, group #7 2/3/1/3 (95)
Sherrill Cellars '80 Cabernet Sauvignon Shell Creek Vyd. (Paso Robles)
Note: This was a Woodside winery. My first experience with one of their wines.

B) Nose - Sweet oak, cedar, smooth mint, chunky redwood, cigar, black cherry.
Smoky red plum, tobacco. 90 pts
My #1, group #4 2/1/7/1 (88)
Ridge '80 Cabernet Sauvignon "Spring Mountain" (Spring Mountain District)
(90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc)

C) Nose - green olive and pimento juice, jalapeno pizza.
Spicy cherry, jalapeno, touch of cedar, hint of mint. 88 pts
My #3, group #5 1/1/3/2 (92)
Ridge '80 Monte Bello (SCM)
(100% Cabernet Sauvignon)

D) Nose - Reggiano, french bread, canned green beans, black cherry, mint.
Char, harsh green, bitter, plastic, black cherry, tobacco. Bitter finish. 72 pts
My #7, group #1 3/5/1/1 (75)
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards '80 Cabernet Sauvignon Gamble Ranch (Napa Valley)

E) Nose - dusty red cherry, balsa, hint of black olive, sweet cedar.
Musty, astringent, outhouse. 65 pts
My #8, group #6 2/3/1/5 (94)
Mayacamus '80 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

F) Nose - deep, youthful, tobacco, dark cedary fruit.
Smooth meaty cherry, mature with tobacco notes, wood smoke. 89 pts
My #2, group #8 1/2/1/3 (100)
Ritchie Creek '80 Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District)

G) Nose - bright, dark, plastic/outhouse, black plum, tobacco.
Dark, rich, smoky black cherry, quite charry, tart, dusty wood. 86 pts
My #4, group #3 1/2/3/2 (87)
Keenan '80 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

H) Nose - Cabernet port.
Sweet sense but dry, dusty dark charry tannin, astingent, black plum, black currant. 85 pts
My #5, group #2 7/2/2/2 (84)
Chateau St. Jean '80 Cabernet Sauvignon Wildwood Vyd. (Sonoma Valley)

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