Sunday, December 13, 2020

Pure Perfection in Magnum!!

Pure Perfection in Magnum!!

2017 Ridge Monte Bello...$112.99 / 375ml (half bottle)
2017 Ridge Monte Bello...$439.99 / 1.5 liter (Magnums)

(6 Magnums Available)
Pure perfection, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello is a sensational effort from this estate that should be snatched up by drinkers and collectors. Based on 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that was brought up mostly in new American oak, this saturated purple-hued beauty is legendary Monte Bello in the making and has a stunning yet primordial bouquet of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite, chocolate, and chalky minerality. Full-bodied, incredibly powerful, and one of the most concentrated versions of this cuvée ever made (I've had most of them), it needs a solid decade of bottle age and will have 50-60 years of overall longevity. Despite the long drinking window, it offers plenty of pleasure even today. I followed this bottle for two days and it showed best right out of the gate, closing down and becoming more brooding and backward with air. It's an incredible wine that I promise you won't regret having in your cellar.
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 98-100/100 The Wine Advocate

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