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Community Tasting Notes (109) Avg Score: 93.5 points

  • Mike Grammer comes to town (Galletto Ristorante, Modesto Ca.): Pretty similar to the last bottle a few months ago… SO young looking, black as night…..rich and creamy layered liqueur berry fruit(blackberry,plum,cherry) creme de cassis, warm chocolate, shaved pencil, olive, menthol tobacco leaf……dusty old cedar/cellar polished tannin…yet solid structure. Age has smoothed out this beauty…showing a little nuttiness and leather…but it is really so youthful still……has many many more years to go. Super wine!

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  • Angst (2T): So, this didn't suck. A bit reserved at first, but really came alive with an hour or so of air. Pencil, cherry, woody perfume on the nose. The tannins are very silky and soft; medium-plus acid. This shows what California Cab could be, decidedly new world, but elegant and restrained. Very good.

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  • Excellent on point nose showing jammy black fruits, plums, and cedar. Spectacular palate with a lovely balance of fruit, acidity and just enough structure and an elegant texture that allows the wine dance on your tongue. Very pleasurable with no rough edges, this is in a great place today and should remain so for a long time.

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  • Didn't get to spend anywhere near enough time with this. Classic cool Ridge nose of dark fruits - blackberry, plummy, along with herbal-eucalyptus, minerality, some cocoa. This is deft and elegant, and pretty much puts any modern CA or BDX wine to shame. The palate was still firm, with excellent tannins and structure - good fruit, spice, minerality and herbalness. Way above the 70 Mouton, 88 Petrus and 82 Latour. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5+/6, Finish - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.

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  • Dan's Birthday (Keens Steakhouse): Lovely deep, dark fruit, showing a fair amount of mint and well-integrated American oak. Extremely concentrated and powerful, rich and dense with very lush, fine tannins, this is a less structured, less complex, more Californian version of Monte Bello. The structure is well integrated and the this is drinking beautifully now, and I don't think this will improve much from here. It doesn't quite live up to the best-CA-cab-of-all-time hype surrounding this wine, and I don't think it will make truly old bones like some other MB vintages, but it's still a gorgeous bottle of wine.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/27/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark red violet color; tart currant, pencil lead, iron, tart black fruit nose; very tasty, tart currant, ripe plum, tart black fruit, pencil lead, creosote palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/26/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - slightly bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; nice maturing, mushroom, cigar box, dried cassis nose; dried cassis, cassis, with brightness at top and dried fruit below, subtle spices and anise palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; decanted for 2 and a half hours)

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