1986 Ridge Monte Bello

Community Tasting Note


Thursday, February 2, 2012 - Wines blind 2/2/2012 (Battery Park City): Tasted double blind. Bricked blood. Huge, herbal nose, massive chalk, asparagus, etc. California Cabernet, I'm sure, at least Cabernet Sauvignon. Floral, fat, gigantic, epic nose -- A++ on the nose, wow! Round, soft, yet still structured on palate; quite dry. Plum, cocoa. Now estuarine salinity on nose. Lip-smacking length brings you back for more; not at all big, not at all sweet. My guess is this is an '82 Ridge Monte Bello (though Seth and I did discuss, at length, the possibility of Silver Oak). Really, really splendid wine, spectacular on every level. Despite not being red Burgundy or old Piedmont, my favorite wine thus far this new year. A+ with a star and some bells...

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