Ridge Monte Bello Tasting (Cupertino, CA): Very well integrated nose with forest floor, mint, roasted vegetables; palate is still very young, blackberry, some tannin; long finish. Excellent. Nose is showing very early maturity, but the palate is still very young. 95+
So many great notes here, not much to add. Served double-blind (I guessed 2005 Left Bank BDX), the first few moments in the glass are filled with creamy mocha and some Luden's Cherry drop. With just 10 more minutes in the glass, this moves rather swiftly, and firmly, into a structured wine of place and blend. Medium-bodied, with a medium+ finish that will likely get better with more bottle age. 13,2% abv., 76% Cab Sauv. HOLD. recommended
At home with Coravin (My place, parramatta, sydney): From Coravin. On the nose vanilla, spice, black currant, toasted oak, quite rich with animal notes. In the mouth the wine has drying tannins and spice notes but lacks fruit for me on this occasion - touches of black currant just beginning to show. Sits well in the mouth but the fruit absence is annoying.
From Coravin. Rather than just pouring and supping I've left this sit for 45 minutes in the glass. Still plentiful vanilla but now the fruit is riper - blackcurrant and black berry, spice, cigar box and toasted oak. In the mouth the wine is quite juicy with black fruit notes and fine, talc like tannic grip. Lovely.
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