We three wines of origin are
Bearing gifts from vineyards afar
We flow like a fountain, down from the mountain
Into your glass at the bar!
Seriously though, I just tried a really, really delicious trio of Monte Bellos; the new 2007, the 1991, and the 1984. And while the 2007 just keeps getting more exciting all the time (upon first arrival, I think we all felt that it was shaping up to perhaps have a “smaller” character; a wine more intimate, more subtle, perhaps even more elegantly restrained and supple, but it seems on a nearly day-by-day basis to be extending its reach), and while my love affair with the 1991 continues unabated, I have to say, this bottle of 1984 is perhaps the best bottle of the ’84 I’ve ever tried, and accordingly, this gets Best In Show today; just unbelievably exquisite! Lovely integrated structure, supremely lustrous and floral fruit character, vivid and mouth-wateringly pleasant acidity, and an utterly harmonious flavor coda on the finish. 1984 Monte Bello, I salute you!