Monte Bello Incognito

Have you seen this wine?

If you’re visiting this weekend, you’ll find it.

After that, not so much. It’s going underground.

Monte Bello Incognito.

Meaning, with next weekend’s release of the highly anticipated 2009 vintage (please see the end of this post for the 95+ point Robert Parker review!) this very special and limited library release is returning to the nether world of The Cellar.

The Cellar. A world of froth and shadow, where nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a story below the surface. A world that dances slowly to the sound of water dripping down darkened slabs of limestone, where echoes last forever and a heartbeat is a hollow heel clicking on a cobble. A world of wood and steel, bound together by the inevitable migrations of blood-red passion. A world where change is the only constant, where transformation is the only truth, where time is measured not by the clocks, but by the senses.

These are The Cellars to which all good wines must invariably descend.

Monte Bello Incognito.

We don’t know where or when, but we will see you again. Until then, farewell old friend. Farewell.

95+ Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
“The 2009 Monte Bello bursts from the glass with an exciting array of radiant fruit. It is a striking wine endowed with superb purity, dazzling finesse and breathtaking textural elegance. Despite the expressiveness of the fruit, there appears to be more than enough underlying structure for the wine to develop beautifully for decades. In 2009 the blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 23 and October 12. Draper says the 2009 is the greatest wine he’s ever made, but I won’t be surprised if he has to amend that statement for the 2010?. In 2009 the season got off to a slow start, but recovered over a summer characterized by warm days and nights. The harvest was on schedule. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.” – Antonio Galloni (Aug 2011)



Categories: Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Bello, Paul Draper, Press Reviews, Tasting Notes, Varietals & Blends, Wine Quotes

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