Interesting nose of green beans, cassis and eucalyptus. Perfectly resolved tannins so the wine slides gloriously over the tongue with lovely balance and delicious softened black fruits. There are notes of green bean and cassis on the finish along with eucalyptus and minerals. Fresh and perfectly ripe with superb complexity. The standard for how Cabernet should be grown and vinified in California and stunning to drink now.
Gorgeous aged Cabernet fragrance of cedar, smoke, and a hint of menthol. Still showing tannins, but they're filed down and polished. The balance here seems effortless, and the wine continues to show great power and depth (despite a wonderfully low 13.1% ABV). Completely at peak, and just about the platonic ideal of a wine you'd want with steak.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricking medium garnet red color with pale meniscus; mature, appealing, tart plum, iodine, Bordeaux-like nose; tasty, mature, iodine, tart cassis, cedar, tart plum palate with fine grained tannins; long finish (most Bordeaux-like of our 11 vintage vertical; 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Medium dark red violet color; nice menthol, eucalyptus, tart black fruit, "pondwater," currant nose; tasty, mature, tart plum, eucalyptus, menthol, black licorice palate with resolved, soft tannins; long finish