- posted 12 years ago
I opened my first bottle from a case of Ridge Montebello that I bought on release (actually 2- six packs in owc) last night. Much as I expected they are nowhere near ready to drink. The color was opaque purple with no signs of age. The nose was tight and minerally with a bit of cassis. It was quite tight on the palate showing deep grapey flavors, a rocky minerality and stiff almost unpleasant tannins. WHile it had thrown off a bit of sediment I was surprised at how little compared to other '97's from California. I will wait at least another five years before openeing another bottle. Can't really grade it since I have no idea where it's at or where it's going but I hope it's not another '85 Dunn Howell Mountain.