I'd been saving this 1974 Robert Mondavi Cab I bought on winebid.com many years ago. I've never drank an older wine than this before. The cork looked well sealed, but was very fragile. The cork broke in two, but still came out in two pieces nicely. No cork went into the bottle. I'm not a wine expert, but the initial smell was pretty good. I was worried that it would taste terrible as maybe it had gone bad. So my first taste was more of "is this edible?". I was very pleased and as it aired out it got even better. The only distinction I could tell from the hundreds of other younger reds I've drank was that it was smooth. Most young reds have a pucker factor ripeness to them. Sorry to describe it this way, but it was like a room temperature grape juice smoothness. There was some sediment in the bottom and I've never seen that in a wine bottle before. I don't know enough to say if this was truly a great or average wine, but I really enjoyed the experience of drinking a 30 year old wine.