Paris Judgement 40th Anniversary: Violets, flowers, some rubber (like fresh plastic cards), hint of manure, also hay, overall quite intense and fat nose. Light bodied, seems to have low alcohol. Develops aromas of beetroots and capsicum as well as marinade and greenness (US oak?). Overall very nice and still lively wine.
Oh this was a wonderful surprise. I checked the Parker score, and it was a woeful 77 the last time he reviewed it, admittedly in 1993, its got better since then! Still a deep ruby colour, with a modest amount of fading around the edges. A lovely mature nose of leather and mushrooms and farm, but gets better in the mouth, with lots of lovely fruit, hits all the high notes, and good length, with the tannins and acidity all melted into one delicate wine.
Fully mature. Absolutely beautiful. Complex, evolved, with ample non-fruit characteristics. Like submerging into into a cedar, tobacco, and leather pool. On the palate, a lovely trace of fruit in the background - but tea, mushrooms, forest floor dominate. Fully integrated tannins. Still some acidity. Drink soon. Very good right now.
Tasted with finest provenance - direct at the winery.
A beautiful and perfect mature version of Monte Bello that has transformed into the kind of secondary aromas and flavors you most likely find in fine Bordeaux.
The color is an attractive medium-light red with a hint of amber at the edges. The nose is all red apple skins and the bright earthy aromas of the forrest floor in Fall. Palate is herbal with tea and rose petals, herbs, and tobacco. Fruit isn't gone, but overwhelmed by the complexity of the other elements. Finish in long (about 60 seconds) and echoes the complexity of the palate.
One of the finest "Old California" wines I've yet tasted. A revelation that shows Monte Bello to be a European wine trapped in a California label.
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