A wine of finesse, elegance and complexity. Focused, vibrant, fresh, layered flavors dominated by cassis and earth with a medium body, silky texture and impeccable balance. This is simply a beautifully made wine.
Third bottle of 375ml. This one showed better than the previous two. Pnp. Nose had mushroom, velvet, caramel, cedar wood and black currant. Palate was very balanced with black currant, purple fruit and cinnamon.
PnP, I thought this wine was past it's prime initially. However, after an hour or so in the glass is started opening up. I enjoyed it over the next couple of hours. My suggestion is to decant for an hour prior to pouring.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark red violet color; elegant, plum, cedar nose; tasty, poised, tart plum, cassis, cedar palate with structure and elegance; needs 8-plus years; long finish (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark red violet color; tart blackberry, black plum, black fruit, charcoal nose; tart black fruit, tart blackberry, black plum, herbs palate, balanced and structured; medium-plus finish 95+ pts. (decanted for 4 hours; 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark red violet color; gorgeous blackberry, cassis, berry, black plum nose; tight but gorgeous, elegant, black fruit, berry, cassis, mineral, tart plum palate, balanced and well structured; long finish 94+ pts.
(Ridge Monte Bello) Barrel sample - nice cassis, plum and cedar nose; very nice berry, boysenberry, cassis palate with mint and sage, fruit forward; medium-plus finish 92-95 pts. (assemblage 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot)
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