Pnp from a 375ml. Nose had tobacco, prunes, plums, and soil. Palate had good depth and intensity with black fruit, prunes, leather, tobacco and liquorice. The half bottle format is drinking very well now. I believe the 750ml will have at least 8-10 years to go.
Quite dark ruby, not opaque but solid, with lightening at the rim. No sign of browning. Classic nose of cedar and lead pencil, with red fruits. Haunting perfume. Lovely round red fruit in the mouth, very lively, all tannins resolved but still rich and flavory. This has time to go, but it is drinking beautifully right now. Lovely drink, plump, ripe and velvety. Bravo! 5-14-17-9: 95/100.
at pop and pour, the cork came out easy, hopefully not too easy. still shows a high level of primary fruit on the palate. definitely showing some maturity, but not the 23 years worth that this show proport. within just a couple minutes of air, this starts to take a dramatically complex turn. iron, violet and delicate on the palate. medium/+ acid and medium/- tannin. Later that night, this really took on steam, still delicate, but damn fine. Water weight.
Half bottle purchased directly from the winery. Youthful deep ruby all the way to the rim. Marvelous nose that leaps out of the glass-mint, wintergreen, and olive. Medium to full bodied, densely packed but yielding with air. Ripe cassis and blackberry lifted by subtle herbaceousness, good acidity, and round tannins. Particularly in light of this being in small format, I'd imagine that this must be a 50 year wine. Its concentration without excessive extraction is just thrilling, and the balance is superb. The best Cabernet-based wine from anywhere that I've had in a long time (ok, I'll admit, there have not that many, but still...).
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(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - slightly bricking medium dark red violet color; nice mushroom, dried mushroom, tart currant nose; tasty, poised, silky textured, tart currant, mushroom palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - nearly opaque red violet color; maturing, tobacco, cigar box, dried berry nose; tasty, poised, ripe cassis, dried berry, tart plum, tobacco palate with a touch of menthol, much younger tasting than suggested by the nose; medium-plus finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot; decanted for 2 and a half hours)
(Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - bricking medium dark red violet color; tart red plum, dill, olive nose; tart red plum, cassis, dill, chocolate palate; medium finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot)
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