Saturated medium ruby to the rim. Multidimensional, intensely spicy nose combines black plum, black cherry, black raspberry, chocolate mint, coffee and cedar. Fat, thick, dense and impressively deep; penetrating vinosity gives the currently austere black cherry and menthol flavors superb clarity. Powerfully structured and exextremely unevolved. Finishes with superb persistence and toothcoating tannins that spread out over the palate. Will be a great Monte Bello. 95+ Points (ST)
Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience vertical. A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot, this has a lovely, enticing bouquet of dark cherried fruit, spice, cracked black pepper, cedar and smoke. Great definition. The palate is medium-bodied, sweet on the entry, good acidity with sharp red cherry fruit, strawberry and redcurrant. Fine tannins, although it just lacks a little complexity towards the introverted finish. Moderate length. Lovely. Drink now-2025. (NM)
Dark-colored, rich and earthy, with complex, mouth-coating currant, anise and minerally scents that pick up a tobacco and leather quality on the finish. Youthful and still firmly tannic, this is a well-balanced, inviting young Cabernet that should keep well for another decade. (JL)
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. The 20 separate, small blocks were harvested as they ripened over 10 days. Within 12 hours of crush the color in the juice was the darkest we had seen in any Monte Bello to date. Seems quite closed at first. Not much on the nose but it is emerging gradually and becomes more and more fragrant. A little leathery, herbal but sweet. Then on the palate it explodes with freshness and fruit and such smooth tannins. They are very smooth but they are still very present. Unusual depth of tannin at this age. Mouthwatering length and still depth of fruit. There's a richness with that freshness that seems so typical of this wine. 18.5/20 Points (JH)
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