Youthful, dark purple. Captivating, perfumed nose of spiced plum, leather, eucalyptus, and cedar. Dark fruit, mocha, and earth on the palate; long, persistent finish of mocha. Sexy and supple. Soft tannins. Crumbled, mess of a cork required an ah-so to extract yet this wine is singing. Drink well for another 5+ years. (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot per label)
After 1h; Quiet nose with cassis, soil, licorice. Very smooth and silky in the mouth, tannins perfectly integrated and very well balanced with a lively acidity and a solid fruit core of blackcurrants and dark cherries. Relatively long lovely balanced finish. Could wish for a little more complexity (just maybe)
Near perfection. From magnum, the wine was decanted 4 hours. Leather, tobacco, currants on the nose. Tannins have receded and mellowed, fruit and acidity in perfect balance. Silky, full bodied, harmonious mouthfeel, full sixty second finish. Outstanding to the last sip. Right in the drinking window where it will stay well into the next decade. My favorite MB of the 90's. You may pay a lot more for California Bordeaux style blends, but won't get a better wine than this. Serious bravos.
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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)