1984 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Fully mature, yet still beautiful, the 1984 Monte Bello offers classic mature Bordeaux notes of currants, truffles, underbrush and cured meats to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky and completely integrated feel on the palate. It's a beautiful, layered and classy wine to drink on a special occasion over the coming 5-10 years. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium, amber-edged red. Ripe, chocolatey aromas of plum, currant, leather and cedar; claret-like, complex and just about mature. Juicy, deep and subtly rich but not especially fleshy. Intensely flavored and penetrating, with surprising acidity for the year. Stylish and long on the aftertaste. A warm year in a cool region, notes Draper. (ST)
Dates, and Turkish delight and sultanas. Fascinating nose. Full and round with soft tannins and a vanilla tea flavor with hints of fruits. Subtle and friendly. Like a cashmere cardigan with holes in the elbows. Lovely old wine.
Very dark and thick crimson. Very complex and complete. Warm and round. So lovely! Richer than a red bordeaux would be - but no less complex. 19/20 points.
Ridge's famed estate Cabernet blend from an outstanding vintage. At a 2011 tasting hosted by Decanter magazine, Steven Spurrier described the 1984 Ridge Monte Bello as "flawlessly firm."