Old Heitz Martha's v. Old Ridge Monte Bello (NoMad): Cool nose of menthol over developed red fruit. Reads a little tired initially but opens right up into an expansive and pretty wine. Still dense on the palate with rich meaty notes, some black pepper, and smoke. Great but the '90 Heitz Martha's has the edge here.
fantastic bottle of wine, decanted in the AM for 90 mins, then bk in bottle and had at dinner, full bodied but not heavy at all, grapey fruit profile, tannins gone, way out in front of the '90 Lafon Santenots du Mileiu but as the aeration continued the Lafon caught up... just a pleasure and certainly a crowd pleaser (Lafon a little less so, due to great acid profile)... if any complaint it was a touch softer than optimal, also just less complexity than would have been required for a higher rating
Decanted for 1 and 1/2 hours. Had alongside the 84 MB. Fragrant, forward sweet fruit on the nose. Dense black fruit on the palate; rich and lingering. Not quite as much nuance and subtlety as the 84 but outstanding all the same. Drink over the next 5 years.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Slightly bricking medium ruby color; mature, weedy, dill, tart plum nose; silky textured, mature, tart plum, dill, weedy, cedar, chocolate shavings palate; should go 8-10 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points (I was guessing this was a much older vintage; 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
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