1980 Ridge Monte Bello

Community Tasting Note


89 Points

Friday, November 6, 2009 - Cabernet Smackdown (Steve T's, Vernon Hills IL): nose: mature nose of dill, tobacco, leather, bits of floor dust, red cherries, and cranberries. Very nice balance to it and it certainly sticks out like a sore thumb in this blind lineup

taste: well resolved tannins with a real good medium feel and tones of dill, tobacco, red cherries, and cranberries. Fully mature and has a real nice feel to it too

overall: seems to be on the downside. An enjoyable wine, but was also a polarizing wine as some really hated it, while some enjoyed it. I was more in the enjoyment camp, but right now it is what it is and should be drunk up in the near future

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