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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011, (See more on 90 points

    (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)
  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (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)
  • By Richard Jennings
    5/20/2007, (See more on 93 points

    (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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