If you’re not yet a Monte Bello Collector member, now might REALLY be a good time to just take that plunge.
It’s the Final Assemblage Tasting this weekend, and if you sign up NOW, you can still attend!
What exactly does that mean? Well, I could wax ad infinitum about the 2010 Monte Bello (what a vintage!), and I could certainly sing endless praises for Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Gayle’s Bakery, and Cowgirl Creamery (all of whom will be offering their wares at the event!), but even more than all that, we are SERIOUSLY laying it on from the wine side, in terms of the additional treats on offer. Doubt me? Dig THIS!
A DOUBLE MONTE BELLO VERTICAL OPPORTUNITY!
First, 2005 and 1995 Monte Bello, side by side!
1977 and 2007 Monte Bello, side by side!
Yes, that’s right. That’s not a typo, that is 1977. NINETEEN SEVENTY-SEVEN!
Do you realize that’s the same year that both Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and The Sex Pistol’s “Never Mind The Bollocks” came out? I mean, c’mon!
Doubt me? Dig THIS!
Just tasted the 1977 about an hour ago …
Remarkable (and admittedly unexpected!) cohesion of color; some evolution, certainly; meaning, some bricking and cranberry, but still a lovely mid-tone plum belly …
Loads of dried fruit on the nose, plus a bevy of black herb shades; hints of tanned leather and anise, some menthol & dry mineral; even some Japanese pickled plum …
Still dense and concentrated on the palate, yet with a pillowy effluence … Tannins are fully and excellently resolved, with some subtle traces of acidity still bouncing; these both emerge a bit stronger in the finish …
Primary fruit is of course largely diminished, as appropriate for a wine of this maturation level, but there is such a lovely delicacy afoot, with multiple layers of secondary and tertiary herb and spice and dried fruit notes, that this just HAS to be tasted NOW! (For the arch archivists amongst you, you can see my notes from a previous tasting of this extraordinary vintage here).
Meaning, much Dig, Dig, and Digging to be done. And Dig THIS; 1977 Monte Bello, The Mini-Movie …
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