Still drinking amazingly well. Definitely not past its prime. Wonderfully silky texture. Earthy and deep as you would expect if a wine at this vintage but still with a surprising amount of fruit. The color too was not overly rusty. Not a single thing to complain about.
Tasted blind, this wine had a red/purple center with light red rims with a hint of orange. The medium intensity nose shoed cherries, oranges, and some forest floor scents.
In the mouth, this wine is medium bodied with good richness and rounded tannin. While reasonably attractive, I found this wine a touch hot and not up with the best vintages. While the wine's color suggests this could easily last, I don't see any reason to wait.
Past it's prime, but still wonderful. Still had fruit and elegance. We drank this alongside a 66 Margaux (second growth) and could tell how much it tasted like a fine Bordeaux. Great balance of fruit with minerals. Tannins and acids have left leaving only dusty earth notes.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricked, cloudy, medium dark garnet color; mature, weedy, herbal, pencil lead, marjoram nose; mature, herbal, marjoram, cassis, stewed plum palate; long finish 90+ points (quite mature compared to other bottles of this I've tried, but hanging on; 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricking medium ruby color with 4 millimeter clear meniscus; nice mature, mushroom, cedar, cassis nose; tasty, mature, poised, tart cassis, cedar, tart currant palate; should go another 8 to 10 years; medium-plus finish 93+ points (97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot)
(Ridge Monte Bello) The following tastes came from four different bottles, all from the same case. The first three bottles had been decanted for 90 minutes; the 4th was just opened and splash decanted:
Bottle 1 – lighter crimson color with orange-yellow edges; beautiful, sexy, mature nose of dried cherry, raisin and leather; dried cherry on the palate with sweet tannins and good grip; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot) (11.7% alcohol)
Bottle 2 - better color than the first bottle; lovely, mature Bordeaux nose, like a classic Pichon Lalande, but with a touch of TCA; a little richer on the palate than bottle 1, with more cassis and less dried cherry; medium-plus finish 93 pts.
Bottle 3 - same color as 2nd bottle; dried cherry, leather and mushroom nose; most youthful of the 3 bottles on the palate, very balanced with dried cassis and cherry fruit; medium-plus finish 94 pts.
Bottle 4 (just opened) - more even light crimson color with a little cloudiness; lovely mature dried cherry and leather nose; tannic entry, focused palate dominated by sweet tannins and dried cherry; medium finish 93 pts.
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