For a 1971 this was unbelievably sound; no brownness in color; no oxidation in mouth; excellent fruit still showing; some tannins still there. It is an outstanding wine. The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis).
New World Blind Tasting Group $25+ (Bin 75): Dark chocolaty core with thin brown rim; cigar, leather, pencil lead, caraway, celery seed, aged; dark fruit, leather, sweet soy, slight brown sugar, currant, celery seed, aged spice notes; wow, definitely aged but not dead yet; should have been served earlier rather than last but a very cool experience.
Tasted blind. The nose of this wine had aromas of currant and leather. The palate had very nice dark fruit flavors, and initially also had a brown sugar-like sweetness. Very nice mouthfeel and a long finish. I did guess this as a CA Cab, but was thinking it was around 10 years old - not anywhere near 40 years old. This wine has loads of time in front of it still. This was another birth year wine for me, and just a fantastic bottle of wine. This also went very well with the Flannery rib cap. Just awesome...
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