(KCBS) – KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David sampled some old California wines from the ’60s and ’70s.

The wines from the 1970s weren’t too impressive but the ’60s were OK. Then, there was the 1960 Charles Krug Gamay. It had a deep red color. So much fruit… quick aeration by pouring back and forth from one glass to another, opens up a remarkable fruitiness. On the palate, a perfectly lovely balance. Hard to believe it’s 51 years old. I’d question it if not for the fact that it’s been in my own cellar for over 40 years. wow! Diminishes in a half hour. First the fruit diminishes a bit on the palate. On the aroma, the fruit remains long. Amazing for a 51-year-old Gamay. And 1960 was not a particularly exciting vintage. I only wish I had a few more bottles.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades.

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