1975 Barolo Montanello, Tenuta Montanello
When Sabotage was relesead - 28th of June 1975 - the grapes of this wine was maturing on their vines. When opened 45 years later it needed a couple of hours to blow away the bottle funk, but then is starts to sing.
A deep, still potent nose with notes of rosehips, dried up cherry jam, dried flowers, black olives and roses. Very much still alive. Evolved in the glass all evening long.
The taste is mature and velvety with notes of violet pastilles, hard cherry candy, tobacco and olives. Silky tannins. Very long. Bottles like this will go on for 10 more years. Very fine.
In 1975 there was only one producer of the now MGA Montanello. In 1986 the Monchiero family left and started their own label and now there is two producers of Montanello.
92p (tasted 2020/12)
Sabotage / Black Sabbath / 1975
I hold Sabotage as the strongest album in Sabbaths discography, with Master of Reality as a close second. Their two first albums - Black Sabbath and Paranoid - usually tops all charts.
But I am in good company! :-)
The crunching riff in Symptom of the Universe is one of the most heavy in metal history. The lyric on the other hand is...well cheesy. In this clip, playing Symptom of the Universe, Iommi looks like a happy hamster at 0:28
All info about the album here.