1990 Ridge "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
An immense wine of uncommon depth, richness, concentration and complexity. Beautifully structured, tightly focused, with layers of currant, tar, earth, anise, mineral and sage, finishing in long, lingering aftertaste. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This has a very ripe, blackberry, saddle-leather, slightly bretty/chocolaty nose with very fine definition, although slightly less vigour than the bottle encountered a couple of months ago. The palate is sweet and ripe on the entry, touches of liquorices, leather, dried herbs, mint and a touch of camphor. Wonderful definition and lovely camarelized fruit towards the finish. Very harmonious and poised: Pomerol in profile. This is at its peak now but should continue there for another decade. Sublime. Drink now-2020+ Tasted June 2009. (NM-Wine Journal)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated dark red with a youthful rim. Extravagant nose combines roasted plum, currant, shoe polish, walnut, roast coffee and a whiff of raisin; grew fresher as the wine opened in the glass. Very rich but youthful in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness and powerful underlying structure. Quite dense and full; flavors of plum, dark chocolate and burnished wood. Finishes very long, chewy and ripe, with firm tannic spine. Developing very slowly. 91+(?)
This bottle was in great condition. Deep garnet with a rusty rim. Spicy, earthy nose and fully evolved tannins but excellent vibrant fruit still. Long and complex. 18/20 points.