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Enjoyed this with theweb at Crush. Beautiful nose of cassis, raspberry liquorice, black plums, roasted and grilled notes (coffee, game), and a lovely floral quality - beautiful nose. Still young and a little primal but drinking surprisingly beautifully; dark fruit and roasted notes; huge structure but well balanced; builds in intensity through mid-palate to a huge finish; great balance; nice, lively acidity keeping weight fresh; superfinegrained tannins integrated into structure but just a tad chewy; long length of finish. A great wine overall that is drinking surprisingly well for its age... wasn't astringent at all. It's not a thinking man's wine, but provides a more primal pleasure. At this stage, I would say 94-97. Hold.
 
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Sweet notes! Thanks! I still have a few of these. I paid $100 a bottle back in in 2003.
 
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I love the way you TO boys roll.
Last time I was down Mark pulled a clos vougeot....looking forward to sept.11 in Port Credit
 
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Sweet notes! Thanks! I still have a few of these. I paid $100 a bottle back in in 2003.


Wow! Talk about buying futures!


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I still have a few of these. I paid $100 a bottle back in in 2003.


Wow! Talk about buying futures!


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I'm all in for the 2014 vintage, you?
 
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2007 Ridge Monte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (9/19/2012)
$98 off the wine list at the Anvil Club. Opaque ruby/purple color. Decanted for about two hours to this point. Notes of cassis, violets, cherry, chocolate and incense. More florals and cedar as it continued to unwind over the evening. Full-bodied with firm, sweet tannins supported by a wealth of fruit- black currants, cassis and black raspberry. Floral qualities on the palate as well. Long, satiny finish. Juicy and hedonistic in terms of the fruit at this stage- though a long way from peak. (94-95 pts.)

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That's a killer price off a wine list. Well done, Allred. Sounds like a nice wine.


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Had another bottle of this- hasn't shut down at all. Lovely, with loads of exciting, youthful fruit.

2007 Ridge Monte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/21/2012)
Off the wine list at the Anvil Club. Opaque inky purple color. Notes of black currants, violets, cherry, and florals. Full-bodied with firm, sweet tannins and loads of black fruit and floral tones. Long finish. Immensely enjoyable for its abundant fruit at this young stage. (94+ pts.)

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Found a few bottles of this at Woodside Safeway in their cold storage. Their price beat Bertramo's down the street and Safeway super-saver card helped even more!

These are back here in FL stashed away amongst my daughter's birthyear collection.

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2007 Ridge Monte Bello - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (6/30/2014)
Popped & poured with pizza at a friends' home. Black cherry, currants, kirsch and even some incense with the wonderful violet/floral overtones I love. Full-bodied and open, with loads of fruit- this is open and drinking very nicely in its youth. Flavors of black raspberry, cherry and currants with floral qualities here as well. A hint of vanilla on the finish, which lingers for well over a minute. I can't help but think this vintage will just remain open and drink well/change for a number of years but never shut down. (94 pts.)

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Has anyone had one of these lately? I'm thinking of opening one tonight for some close friends and worried it might be shut down.


Also how about the 2008?

Yes I know, very young for this wine, but I want to share something special and am making a whole ribeye roast to pair it with.
 
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And about the 2004 ? Only a one and never tasted the Montebello yet...


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I had the 2004 MB in December. Young, but not too early in any regard.
 
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Last I had the '07 it was waking up a little, but not showing much of what it's really about. I'd give it a few years or expect a solid straight-forward Cab, without much complexity. '08 would be the better choice of the two if you really have to pop one.

'04 has opened back up, showing again most of it's complexity. Not a crime to drink now, though it has most of its tertiary development ahead.
 
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Any recent experience with 2002?


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Any recent experience with 2002?


Fairly recent. Pretty standard the its age range. Open but a decade or more, depending on preference, til its peak. Then they tend to plateau for decades.
 
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