Chú Xī (除夕) Dinner at Home for Chinese New Year (Our House, Hong Kong): Decanted for 4 hour before serving - the cork looked like it had just been bottled yesterday. Nose is WOW!.....pencil lead, graphite, deep blackberry fruit, smoke, sandalwood, cedar....wonderful Bordeaux-like depth and multidimensionality. Palate has a beautiful fresh and vibrant acidity almost like pink grapefruit followed by quite tart black fruits that haven't quite matured yet. Good tannic grip. Medium weight except that it punches at top weight in terms of resonance and heady reverberance on the finish. Fabulous....... it has matured slowly but beautifully since the previous bottle I drank six years ago but its best years are still way ahead of it. 95+
A Ledbury lunch (The Ledbury): Similarly dark and dense. Not showing quite as well as a bottle this time last year, but I think that's more about the context (two other Montebellos cf a straight pairing with a Dominus last time). Blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf on the nose which is fuller and more focused than the 92, and not quite the sweet (relative) exuberance of the 99. Long and persistent. Cooly classy with a finely mineral line on the finish. Lovely. ****
Similar to previous note. Opened and drank over 7 hours. Still youthful, plenty of fruit, after some time it really shows lots of nuances that make this wine very memorable. Even 24 hours later I was still thinking of this wine. Haunting. The precision of all the flavors dancing across the palette is incredible. Not overpowering in anyway, a scalpel like wine. Best I've had from Ridge. Lots of time left.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; hrbal, marjoram, thyme, dill nose; a little tight but plush, tart plum, herbal, red plum, marjoram palate; medium finish 92+ pts. (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot)