A few Cabs from the '70's

  • 1978 Matanzas Creek Winery Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Sonoma County (12/25/2008)
    This was from a magnum, purchased at auction so no clue as to the provenance of this wine up to the time I bought it. Opened with an Ah-So because of the age and the cork was in great shape, wine soaked a little over half way. Poured into a decanter for sediment. The color was more like a 10 year old Cab, no bricking just solid deep red color, the nose was not promising, kind of dirty and musty, on the palate it was a bit muted, thought it was over the hill. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and tried again, what a difference those 20 minutes made. The nose was leather, spice, fruit. In the mouth the wine had morphed into a beautiful wine with dark silky fruit and a wonderful full mouth-feel. Nice finish that lasted half a minute. Drank over three hours and the wine held up over the whole time. Having next to no hope for this wine when I opened it this is my surprise wine of 2008. (93 pts.)
  • 1970 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (2/3/2007)
    Just an outstanding wine, deep dark red tannins were still there plenty of fruit still several years left for this one. (93 pts.)

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Oh aged, Matanzas Creek, Matanzas Creek… wherefore art thou…

Man, they used to do phenomenal stuff.

I still look at Winecommune every now and then for more of these two wines!!!

I always enjoyed their wines back then as well. It is great to see a 78 held up well. It’s ashame, today they are less than glorious. Thanks for the notes Sean.

Dude, the 70 Mayacamas from a mag that Phil Franks and I had was sublime…Glad you enjoyed yours.