If the nose of the ’74 Silver Oak was tobacco, the nose of the ’77 Monte Bello was a Montecristo cigar straight from Fidel’s pocket. Although the fruit was undoubtedly showing some age, it presented beautifully with dark cassis and berry flavors, along with deep spice, leather, and a bit of oak. The dark flavors elicited a “Nectar of the Devil” summation of the wine. In the off chance you have any ’77 in the cellar, the wine is clearly ready to drink, although will probably remain solid for a few more years.
Ok, in the service of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I strongly considered titling this post “A Picnic Partaking Of Particularly Pleasing Petite Sirah, Breathtakingly Buoyant Barbera, and Captivatingly Contemporary Cabernet That Confounds One’s Considerations Of Chronology And The Calendar!” But… Read More ›
Received a wonderful set of photographs recently, from a pair of vertical tastings of RIDGE Geyserville and Lytton Springs that were hosted by Dave Burzynski of Champane’s Wine Cellar and International Marketplace, in Detroit, Michigan. I’ve posted a sample below, and may… Read More ›
As a follow-up post on our Monte Bello Collector Event, here are some images, provided by esteemed Monte Bello Tasting Room staff member Peter Yaninek: