Charles Krug Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1969

Charles Krug Cabernet 1969

A vigorous oxblood red color, not much in the way of brown tones.  Soft but firm and vibrant on the nose, notes of aztec mocha, spent pipe tobacco and dusty Rutherford earth.  Turns a bit more savory on the palate, a now melted structure but still quite vital and focused.   Harmonious and quite long on the finish.  Essential and rich to go with a finesse that seems absent from today’s Charles Krug.  Not a hint of astringency so these will still keep very well.  A fine bottle from a bygone era.  Drink soon.

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