Oregon Notes.; 8/5/2016-8/26/2016: my first ever Monte Bello. wow. very Bdx in build, powerful fruit, black fruit with elegance and clarity, cinnamon, sweet berries and herbs on the finish. excellent in every way.
Fully mature, the powerful aromatics are all rich earthy graphite and herbs, but unlike the 1982 there's plenty of cassis fruit on the palate that's well-integrated with the more tertiary stuff and an interesting mineral saline component. A lovely bottle.
I bet this was fantastic 10 years ago. Still enjoyable and was best about 90 minutes after opening. Nose of wood and black fruits, smoke, tar. After 90 minutes, palate had a rich core of fruit and some tannin and subtle nuances.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricking medium red color; nice mushroom, herbal nose; herbal, marjoram, mushroom, tart red fruit, dill, tomato paste, cedar palate with firm tannins; medium-plus finish (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot)
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