|Petaluma Coonawarra 88|
Petaluma Coonawarra 1988 (Coonawarra, SA)
Ahh old Coonawarra reds, how I love thee. This bottle I bought at auction about 9 months ago for about $60, a price which, in the context of the new Petaluma releases, is quite a bargain.
One thing to note is just how good the cork and levels were on this, the bottle in near perfect condition (which I was excited about). Interestingly, it only got better over a few hours too, looking less oaky and more weighty with air time.
Classic old Cabernet cigar box aromatics on this Petaluma if tempered with some sweet vanilla bean oak. Gee it would have been a richly oaked youngster. There’s Coonawarra red dust and cassis fruit still hanging in there, the mid palate particularly sweet and soft. The finish tightens up with some leafy dry tannins if still showing that oak sweetness. Initially I thought it was a little light on and simple but every sip it looked more defined and drier.
A lovely old red with at least 5 years left in it, I really enjoyed this fully resolved but sprightly wine. In the Petaluma context its one of the better vintages of the 80s (that I’ve tried) and still looking good.
Drink: Now – 2017
Score: 17.9/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? I did and wish I had more.
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glad you liked it. It was double new oaked at Len Evans's insistence.
All of the Petaluma Coonawarras from 1986 on are still alive and well as are the 1979, 1981 and 1982.
It has always disappointed me that they haven't received the attention they should have as age worthy wines of moderation and finesse with natural Cabernet (Bordeauxish) expression.
I only found your note because I am assembling a seminar on Cabernet for Chile's Santa Rita which I have to present in mid January in London. BJC.