This wine has nicely matured with a striking balance of residual fruit and tertiary flavors. The will is much better than it was 10 years ago. Strong wine from a weaker vintage. If you have any, drink up now.
Did anyone in California make a better wine in 2000? I rather think not. My last bottle of this. Decanted for an hour. Just a tiny hint of brick around the edge, very little sediment. Nice balance between fruit, acid, and remaining tannins. A bit of cherry, a bit of blackberry, some current, earth, and leather to round things out. Happy to have drunk this now.
Ridge Wine Night - 7 wines for 10 people. This was the WOTN. We were able to open and let the bottle sit for more than 90 minutes before pouring it. Long length, complex finish, and just an overall tasty wine. A treat.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Slightly bricking dark ruby color; lifted, herbal, thyme, tart cassis, roasted plum nose; mature, tart cassis, thyme, iodine, tart plum, graphite palate; should go 15-20 years; medium-plus finish (more mature tasting than the bottle I tried six months earlier; 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; rich cassis, berry, raspberry, vanilla nose; tight, ripe cassis, blackberry, ripe plum, herbal, menthol palate; medium-plus finish (my #5 of the flight, group's #8 out of 8)
(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon) An earthy, meaty nose, but not really as expressive as the 1999 vintage, or the other wines here. A nice palate, more noticeable structure, still quite rounded though, with a good grip and firm acidity. Not the charm of the preceding vintages, but a good wine nonetheless.
(Ridge Montebello) Cassis, chestnuts, mint, leather, tar and smokey oak out of the gates. After aeration a touch of green peppercorn arrives. I thought it might be green but it really works with all the other aromas. Also there is not the slightest hint of green on the palate. Lots of currant, cassis and cherry fruit with some spicey oak tones. Perfectly balanced. Really glides across the palate. This was great for the first five minutes, then shut down for the next two hours and then slowly started to sneak back and fill out. Even though, the fruit never made it's real presence known. This needs time but will be fantastic when it get's there.
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