Fully mature, the powerful aromatics are all rich earthy graphite and herbs, but unlike the 1982 there's plenty of cassis fruit on the palate that's well-integrated with the more tertiary stuff and an interesting mineral saline component. A lovely bottle.
I bet this was fantastic 10 years ago. Still enjoyable and was best about 90 minutes after opening. Nose of wood and black fruits, smoke, tar. After 90 minutes, palate had a rich core of fruit and some tannin and subtle nuances.
This is the fourth bottle of a case and my notes have been very consistent. PnP corkage at a local restaurant (I do not feel this needs a long decant). Very linear wine - entry and exit are "even" and consistent. Soft round fruit, tannins fully resolved. This is not a showy wine. No acidic explosion or fruit sensation or brambly finish, just a very soft and solid presentation. Really nice drinking. A/A-
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricking medium red color; nice mushroom, herbal nose; herbal, marjoram, mushroom, tart red fruit, dill, tomato paste, cedar palate with firm tannins; medium-plus finish (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot)
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