Very dark and thick crimson. Very complex and complete. Warm and round. So lovely! Richer than a red Bordeaux would be--but no less complex. 19/20 points.
Dates, and Turkish delight and sultanas. Fascinating nose. Full and round with soft tannins and a vanilla tea flavor with hints of fruits. Subtle and friendly. Like a cashmere cardigan with holes in the elbows. Lovely old wine.
The 1984 Monte Bello is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so, as it is close to being fully mature. Iron, smoke, tobacco, game, scorched earth and licorice, along with coarse tannins give the 1984 its somewhat burly, rustic personality. I expect the 1984 will remain at its current plateau of maturity for at least a few years, but it will always be wild, muscular and not especially polished relative to the very best years. (AG)
Medium, amber-edged red. Ripe, chocolatey aromas of plum, currant, leather and cedar; claret-like, complex and just about mature. Juicy, deep and subtly rich but not especially fleshy. Intensely flavored and penetrating, with surprising acidity for the year. Stylish and long on the aftertaste. A warm year in a cool region, notes Draper. (ST)
Fully mature, yet still beautiful, the 1984 Monte Bello offers classic mature Bordeaux notes of currants, truffles, underbrush and cured meats to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky and completely integrated feel on the palate. It's a beautiful, layered and classy wine to drink on a special occasion over the coming 5-10 years. (JD)
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