1985 Ridge Monte Bello

Community Tasting Note


95 Points

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - This wine had a nice ruby center with a good amount of Amber coloring on the rim. Lots of sediment. After 15-30 minutes of air this began to come around nicely. The aroma began with tar, coffee and cedar, but with more time dried cherry and cranberries. This wine on the palate was very caressing and velvety, was a beautiful thing. More notes of bright red fruits and when your glass was almost empty you would get a heavy amount of an oily finish on your palate with almost no fruit hitting you, something I had never experienced with wine before. I read the label on the back of the wine and on there the winemaker notes stated that they feel they had "made a 25 year wine of superb quality". To that I say they were absolutely right! This wine was 25 years old from when it was bottled in 1987 and it was singing along well. If you have this drink it now. It is not going to improve. Not bad for $100 purchase :)

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