Fetzer of Yesteryear
1973 Fetzer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon-Mendocino
life revolves around friends, food
and wine ... and a few other things as you can see on our website.
A few days ago we had the chance to break bread with Tony
Princiotta of the Cheese
Store of Beverly Hills. It was for an impromptu simple meal
of sausage sandwich and a few delicacies on the side, all washed
down with a delicious sparkling wine from South
Africa and a friendly red blend from Italy.
Here we were talking about automobiles,
(to name a few of our favorite subjects) but constantly reverting
back to wine. The question came up: "When was the last time
we had an "old" California wine?" Stories of 1960's BV's, 1970's Heitz and Clos du Val
went flying. Next thing we know Tony pulls out a 1973 Fetzer Cab
from Mendocino. And what a treat it was.
We always refer to such wines as experiments. Believe us, this one
was rather successful. It was still there with a light red color
but only slightly brick hued on the edge with a fresh perfumy nose
a and wonderful mid palate. It stayed well composed after a quick
decantation during the half hour it took us to test. It drank so
well just by itself.
Intriguing little detail: the glass (used for the bottle) was labeled
as "4/5 Quart". When you figure this bottle retailed for
$5 at most, what a deal! The moral of the story: Hold your wines
from time to time; quite a few do improve with age.
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(Updated: 02/27/09 SV)