Drank from a half bottle. Cork came out relay my clean. It seems like the half bottles are starting to approach major decline. However still alive with smokey dark fruits, aged leather, brine, syrupy raspberry, and plenty of mossy forest floor. One hour plus decant needed.
Drank from a 375ml. that was decanted for an hour. Still plenty of complexity but came off as a bit thin. Mature black fruit, syrupy red fruit, eucalyptus, milk chocolate, sweet tea, and a mossy quality. Got better with time so would recommend 2 hours plus decant.
PWTG Ridge Monte Bello single blind tasting, Flight of four vintages: 1981, 1986, 1991, 1994. Groups #1, My #1 Wow this is really impressive. Deep fruited nose, complemented by some aromas of spice and coffee grinds. Hauntingly beautiful, the nose draws you in. Youngish color, still red black but starting to see some orange on the rim of the glass. The palate matches the nose, really deep, complex and showing restrained and focused power. This has it all and is drinking beautifully today.
Still firmly tannic and somewhat woody, but there's this big ball of dark cassis at the core that grows with air, and it's still relatively primary, to a degree that blew us all away. Tobacco and herbs, too, very old school Cali. A powerhouse that has a loong life ahead.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark red violet color; tart currant, pencil lead, iron, tart black fruit nose; very tasty, tart currant, ripe plum, tart black fruit, pencil lead, creosote palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - slightly bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; nice maturing, mushroom, cigar box, dried cassis nose; dried cassis, cassis, with brightness at top and dried fruit below, subtle spices and anise palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; decanted for 2 and a half hours)
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