TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard

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TN: 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard

#1 Post by Ron Slye » November 26th, 2019, 8:43 am

  • 1988 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Gregory Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (11/25/2019)
    My first bottle from the Ravenswood library sale, and boy did this not disappoint. Cork broke, and then part fell into the bottle, so I strained into a decanter. At first this seemed a bit tired and over the hill, though still pleasant. After an hour this really opened up. Lovely classic aged Cab flavors. Leather, mushrooms, violets, with some hints of raspberries and mint. Incredibly smooth, with a medium weight -- the finish just goes on and on. Over the evening this became a treat to drink. This is such a great deal at $45. Glad I have one more bottle! (93 pts.)
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#2 Post by Jeff_M. » November 26th, 2019, 9:01 am

Only have one bottle. The cork looks pretty saturated so I will make sure I use the Durand when I open.
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#3 Post by Brandon R » November 26th, 2019, 9:58 am

Very cool, Ron. I am seeing these posts and didn't realize there was a Ravenswood library sale. Shame on me!
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#4 Post by Nate Simon » November 26th, 2019, 11:51 am

This may be the excuse I need to finally buy a Durand.

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#5 Post by Ron Slye » November 26th, 2019, 4:38 pm

The cork on mine was actually quite dry, not saturated. But the Durand would work well in either case! I will say on Durand that the idea of paying that much money for a corkscrew seemed silly, but I am so glad I did. If you have older wines it saves a lot of time (and damage)!

Brandon -- sorry you missed the sale. It was pretty amazing. It was all sold out within hours, though I think they may have another one at some point.

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#6 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 26th, 2019, 4:44 pm

The screw portion of a pocket Screwpull and an Ah-so tool can mimic a Durand for a lot less money.

I managed it that way for a few years, until I convinced someone to get me a Durand for Christmas.
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#7 Post by Ron Slye » November 26th, 2019, 4:47 pm

David is absolutely right. That is a cheaper version that works perfectly well.

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#8 Post by Jeff_M. » December 3rd, 2019, 1:40 pm

Popped one of these last Wednesday. Let the bottle stand up all day, surprisingly not much sediment until the very end of the bottle and we filtered with a mesh metal screen.

We had a Weill a Way 2014 Syrah in the decanter for around 4+ hours and drank that first with the cab poured in a Grassl Glass for an hour before we started drinking it.

Smelled of mint or maybe eucalyptus and absolutely got the earthy tones once it hit the palette. Great to try a 31 year old cabernet.

The cork had some major sludge under it and we had to wipe the neck of the bottle down with a wet paper towel.
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