1985 Ridge Monte Bello

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91 Points

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - Full disclosure: enormous MB fan. I recently bought 2 '84s & '85s (before which, I hadn't ever tasted older than '97) so, had huge hopes. Stood the bottle up for 30 mins, then attempted to PnP fr 750. Cork was bone dry and literally disintegrated. Poured into decanter (didn't have cheese cloth handy so, dealt with the small amount of schrapnel) and enjoyed with a buddy (no food). Ruby color, barely bricking. Impure appearance - rather cloudy. Slightly muted nose, of pleasant blackberry and hints of eucalyptus. Again, the adage of "there are only good bottles" at this age seemed to be telling the story. Wine was pretty astringent upon first tastes, but settled down after 30 min. Very round, soft primary bright red fruit - nice mouthfeel but only a medium finish. All in all, a lovely drink, but I certainly had higher hopes for this aged gem. Fingers crossed on the last one.....the ceiling remains high, obviously!

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