"At first, this wine appeared to be sterile, innocuous, and uninteresting, but as if someone magically said the right words, the bouquet began to develop, revealing spicy, cedary, herb, and berry aromas. In the mouth, the wine is medium-bodied, without the glycerin, fat, alcohol, and ripeness of either its predecessor or successor. Nevertheless, I admired this wine's graceful personality and well-balanced feel." - Robert Parker
"Another BV classic. In fine condition, sweet, ripe and intense, with supple plum and currant flavors framed by toasty oak. Wonderful finesse and balance, with a long, full finish"
"Two recent bottles of the 1969 have been fully mature, but they exhibited no signs of losing their fruit and falling apart. The wine reveals a healthy dark ruby color with light amber at the edge. The nose offers straightforward but intense aromas of sweet oak and jammy fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with good freshness, a mouthfilling chewiness as well as moderate tannin in the finish. This well-structured, excellent B.V. Private Reserve should continue to drink well for another decade. It is less spectacular, but also less fragile than the super-ripe 1970."
The Wine Advocate