1978 Franciscan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
Napa Valley, California
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Bordeaux blend

This wine has lost some of its grip after 29 years, but it is still an absolute delight. Aromas dominated by cedar and red berry fruit; flavors of berry, sweet herbs, and earth. The wine has virtually no tannic structure at this point, but otherwise is a complete pleasure to drink and held up just fine against some marinated beef. Very impressive for any wine of this age. Thanks again to Jim Colbert's generosity and 55 degree basement! - HK 2007-04-15


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