Tasting Note: Do you want the good news or the bad news? Well, Ridge's 2000 Monte Bello is still not ready to drink. Huge, rich and voluptuous, but backed up be serious structure, the 2000 is still a very, very young wine. Readers who own the 2000 should be thrilled. With time in the glass, the 2000 starts to open up a little bit aromatically, but the tannins remain imposing. Hints of tobacco, iron, smoke, savory herbs, leather and licorice all add nuance on the close. This dramatic, brooding Monte Bello will likely drink well for another three decades. In 2000, Montebello is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2013-2030. Score - 95. (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2013)
|Sugar/Sweetness||XD - Extra Dry|
|Sub Category||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet|
|Tags||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet, Full-bodied & Firm|
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