Decanted the wine and drank it over a three hour dinner. Plums, tobacco, and ink on the nose. The palate was very smooth with a lovely tea leaf after taste. It had the finness. It tasted younger than its actual vintage. The wine evolved nicely throughout the night. At one point, it tasted like a 10 year old barolo to me. In a very good drinking window now. No point to wait.
Tasted along with '79 Lafite-Rothschild, '83 Margaux, '89 Latour, '94 Petrus and '98 Haut-Brion.
Clear, medium intensity ruby color.
The nose is developing with a medium(+) aroma intensity. Aromas of pure, dense black fruit. Fresh cassis and plums. There is lots of new oak with expensive vanilla, mocha, cold espresso and money. Sweet spice, new leather, cigars, grass and some floral notes of violets. This is deep, massive but a bit too much.
Dry on the palate with a medium acidity, medium(+) body and medium(+) rugged tannins. The flavor intensity is medium(+) with massive, sweet black fruit. Baked plums, expensive vanilla, fudge and leather. The finish is medium(+).
Well, this wine is clearly of outstanding quality but in tonights line-up it was out-staged. It lacked that elegance and finesse that one could find in the Bordeaux wines. However, it was fun to taste and this is a great bottle of Cab which drinking very well right now.
Not as good as I remember, or a less good bottle. In my opinion (I know others thought otherwise) this could not match the Bordeaux Premier Crus in the flight.
In fact it stood out like a sore thumb, and there was no doubt about this being the one wine that wasn't a Bordeaux.
Medium++ intense nose with aromas of raisins, corn on the cob, butter, tomato juice, rubber, blackcurrant jello, mint and a bit of ceder wood.
Medium+ acidity, very dry with grippy tannins. Even though its distinctly dry on the palate, the fruit that is there is very raisiny and dried. A good medium+ intensity and a long finish. The quality is there taste-wise, but I would have wanted a bit more complexity on the nose.
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(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello) A similarly intensely coloured hue. Very backward on the nose, which still shows awkward aromas of toffee-edge oak. The palate is simply massive, with a dense structure of tannin and acidity, and yet is silkily textured. There is a ton of fruit. This impressive wine needs a good five or ten years further bottle maturation before I would touch another.
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