Saturday, March 15, 2008

2003 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello ****

This is overwhelmingly good. Dusky deep purple. Loads of dark fruits on the nose with all spice and a touch of cedar. Soft acidity, then crushed blackberries followed by blackberry jam notes, with carmelized sour plum and soft liquid minerals, just a faint suggestion of caramel and vanilla adds a fourth layer of complexity; with a racy, lightly spicy oak finish that conjures up wild fresh mountain raspberries.

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