In 1978, I had a bottle of Dom Perignon 1969. That was reputed to be one of the very best vintages EVER!. A buddy of mine was relentless in trying to weasel me out of it. He made me a great offer. He traded me a 1969 Charles Krug Special Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon AND the above shown Beaulieau Vinyards 1970 Private Reserve..Even Steven!!
I have long since drank The Krug, but looky what I am still storing on it's side in my dark cool basement...hehehe
Wine expert Robert Parker say's...
"The 1970 has always been considered one of the great BV Private Reserves!
Well stored bottles continue to taste brilliantly. This wine performed spectacularly at a recent blind-taste testing. Revealing a huge, complex bouquet of over ripe, sweet, jammy, pruny fruit, cedar, spices, and fruitcake. Fat and Rich, with unctuously-textured, chewy expansive flavors, and a full-bodies finish. This was all a great wine could be!!!!
I don't know about all that happy horse-shit, all I know is that a GREAT Cabernet, when properly stored, opened, and allowed to breathe for at least an hour, is kind of wonderful to the nostril, chalky to the taste, and magically disappears in your mouth, leaving a fond memory of that little swig of liquid perfection!!!
But as I always say....Drink what you like!!
I still Love Boone's Farm!!!!!