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1985 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello

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IWC 95
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Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 1985
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Ridge Vineyards
Region Central Coast
Color Red
Country USA
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Price $99.00

International Wine Cellarage (IWC) Review

IWC 95
Medium-deep, amber-edged red. Superripe aromas of blackcurrant, plum, cedar, game and truffle; at once less complex and less evolved than the '84. Large-scaled, dense and fat; bigger and broader than the '84, with a compelling gamey sweetness. Rather massive in the context of Monte Bello, and developing slowly. Finishes very long, with big but fine tannins that spread out to suffuse the palate.

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 94
Along with the Dunn Howell Mountain and Chateau Montelena 1985s, Ridge's Monte Bello is among the most backward wines of the vintage, but it is so promising. I do not intend to touch another bottle before 2005 - it is still that youthful and closed. It offers a good education in what great young wine is all about. The beautiful ruby/purple color exhibits no signs of age. The sweet nose of cassis fruit, lead pencil, flowers, and minerals is followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with a boatload of tannin. This huge, massive yet well-delineated and focused wine should prove to be uncommonly long-lived. Drink it between 2005-2030?-Robert Parker
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