I opened this up at a party with the appropriate company of great friends and a serious cheese plate.
I love watching these low alcohol California cabernets age. They are amazing.
Kalin Cellars cabernet sauvignon 1980 (Santa Barbara, CA)
The interesting thing about the flavor profile of this was an intense pepper on the nose- green bell pepper and black peppercorns. I spoke with some collector friends about this, and they mentioned that this pepper nose is a characteristic of Santa Barbera cabernet. It was a far cry from standard California cabernets, and a real treat to enjoy!
Founded by Terry & Frances Leighton in 1977, Kalin's approach to winemaking is long term. These wines are released late and they are meant to be drunk with age. Do they hold up? Yes!