Not sure what to think about this. I don't believe that this is bad, but past its prime, possible. Used a Coravin to access this. Cork was level with bottle rim, has grey crusting there, mold like.
brown rim, deep red brown color, leather on the nose, fades quickly, light mouth feel, tannins have rounded off at this point, tart and bright fruits almost resembles a young Beaujolais.The more air it gets the more metallic the nose becomes.
Haven't had much experience with older bottles to have a difference between flawed/defective and age. My gut tells me this is age, but I will leave that to the people on this site that have more experience.
Dark color and intense black fruit aromas with some tobacco, earth and spice. Firm and slightly backward to start, I thought this improved over 30-45 minutes, then started shortening and getting less interesting after the the one hour mark.
A thoroughly mature bottle of Monte Bello. Notes of leather, tar and other tertiary flavors, fruit is in the background, good acid for the steak dinner. 12.7% ABV. Tannins are there, but fully resolved. This bottle was at a peak. Absolutely fabulous!
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Group's #5 (my #5) – 46 pts.; 1, 5, 0, 0 – Dark garnet with pale meniscus; nice mature, leather and porcini mushroom nose very mature, Bordeaux-like leather, porcini and tart red fruit palate that hung in strongly throughout the evening (unlike a few of the Ruby Cabernets); short-medium finish (100% Cabernet Sauvignon)