We were told that this is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (which is very different from today's wines). I am not sure that at age 42 that matters so much. Ruby/brown in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, dried currents, dust and slight earthiness. On the palate, light cherries and slight milk chocolate notes. Some depth. This wine is alive nd has some interest, but, to paraphrase the Princess Bride, "It is mostly dead". Still this was pleasant enough and fun to drink.