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.
The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello was one of the most backward Cabernets in the March tasting. It almost defies inspection given its austere, extremely tannic, hard style. The opaque purple color is accompanied by a wine that smells and tastes ripe, rich, and brilliantly made, but it will require a minimum of 10-12 years of cellaring to shed enough tannin to become civilized. Although it should be a winner, it may not be as sure a bet as such vintages as 1991, 1992, and 1995. When young, this wine rarely reveals its full potential. Having said that, the last three vintages of the Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon (1993, 1994, and 1995) are immensely impressive, with perhaps the 1994 the least expansive - for now. (RP)
Dark-colored, rich and earthy, with complex, mouthcoating 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)
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)
The 1994 Monte Bello is now fully mature, or close to it. Sweet tobacco, worn-in leather, spices and dried cherries are all nicely delineated in the glass. The fully tertiary, mushroomy notes that are apparent, especially on the bouquet, suggest the 1994 has reached the end of its positive development. At the same time, there is plenty of fruit and density left. (AG)
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1997 Beaulieu Vineyard "Georges de Latour" Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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