Mount Eden Estate Old Vine Reserve Cabernet 1978
Date of the tasting notes below is estimated to be the mid 1990's:
This is definitely a full throttle 70's style vintage from Mount Eden. Bill Anderson (currently at Chateau Julien) was supervising winemaker. The cepage is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, dry farmed and basket pruned in the on Martin Ray tradition. Bottle variation has set in on this wine. The best examples are incredibly rich yet fresh with little leaf and and profound terrior, whereas the worst are prime examples of why canopy management is a good idea.
Sorry, technical notes are not available for this vintage.
The Underground Wineletter - December 1981/January 1982
Just over 600 cases of this wine were produced making it a near bumper crop for this low yielding vineyard atop Mt. Eden. The color is dark and the nose has a deep, fruity/cassis/tea leaves nose. Loads of fruit and an earthly/oaky quality are backed by substantial tannin. It is a big wine that needs year to mature, yet it is an enigma. There is youthful appeal, yet with a few hours the wine fades and becomes oxidized. This may indicate that the wine doesn’t have staying power. For now the wine is impressive, later who knows. At $25 per bottles it’s an expensive gamble. 16 Very Good
Rating Scale for The Underground Wineletter:
15-17 Very good
Under 12 Below Average