Like just bottled purple/crimson. It had a very nice earth/dirt nose. Unfortunately, as the evening progressed, it never really opened, some dirt, some blue fruit but muted. May be dumb right now, color does not indicate excessive aging. I might keep a careful eye on this vintage over the next 1-2 years. With MB's track record of aging, I would not expect this to be fading.
A deep colour; full, rich blackcurrant/cassis flavour with pronounced oak, although this is integrating now. Quite a soft, velvety texture, and good weight. This is likely to improve further over the next few years.
Expect to drink over 2 nights so did not decant. Perfect cork and fill. Dark red with no signs of browning. Classic nose of cedar, green olive, and sage. Medium weight on the palate with excellent balance and long finish. This really didn't show much in the way of tannins to be resolved although the fruit and secondary herbal characteristics are dominant. Very classic - no rush to drink but very enjoyable now.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - very dark ruby color; aromatic, ripe black currant, black cherry, black raspberry nose; silky textured, maturing, tart black currant, black cherry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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