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Nov 10, 2013 02:48 PM

1971 Charles Krug

Tonight, we opened an oldie but goodie..a 1971 Krug from the cellar. It was exceedingly tasty. No bricking ( Crazy) and still fresh. I hate to say it, but ... "They don't make 'em like they used to ". My partner pointed me toward a relevant article:

Anyway, just reminiscing ...anyone else love the old style napa cabs?

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  1. Absolutely! Loved the Martini from that era, especially when it was $2.85!

    1. The 1960s and early-1970s were indeed a "Golden Age" for California Cabernets, and charles Krug (along with my personal favorite, Louis M. Martini) made some stunning wines, and although they were highly respected at the time, they remained thought of as "below" the Cabs from Beaulieu and Inglenook. (Beringer, at the time, was moribund.)

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      1. re: zin1953

        To this date one of my two most memorable wines ever was the 1970 Monte Bello. We were married in 1975 and bought two bottles, one for our tenth and one a little later. (The other most memorable was the '66 Krug (other Krug...the Champagne) when I passed the bar in 76.). I really loved the late 60s and early 70s California cabs. I still remember sitting on a curb in Claremont, CA the day I turned 21 with a bottle of a Martini cab, probably a 66 as that was what was in the stores in 70. Also love the Charles Krug.

        1. re: tim irvine

          My last 1970 California Cab was the 1970 Ridge Monte Bello -- not from Napa, of course, but a true classic. Had it in 2000.

          I was reorganizing my cellar the other day, and stumbled upon a 6-bottle wooded case I'd forgotten about -- inside were three sets of wines that I'd intended on serving side-by-side. One of those pairings is a bottle of 1970 Mayacamas Cabernet and a 1970 Ch√Ęteau Latour . . . sounds like I need to plan something.

      2. I LOVE the old Napa wines. If you get the chance next time you're in Napa, treat yourself to dinner and some of the old stuff off the Press wine list. Everything I have had there has been in unbelievable condition for its age. My dinners there have consistently been some of the most exciting wine drinking experiences of my life. If there is another restaurant with the same depth of old Napa Cab anywhere in California I would love to know about it.

        1. The late 60s early 70s Napa Cabs were indeed very special. Martini's were my favorites along with the Barbera and Moscato Amible that was only available at the winery.

          About four years ago I opened both a 1970 BV Geo Latour and a 1970 Mondavi unfiltered for a special evening. Both were in remarkable condition. While the Mondavi faded fairly quickly the BV held on for about 20 minutes before it started to fade.

          Have opened a couple since that have been doa.