November 6, 2019
Food & Wine Magazine’s recent article on the most splurge-worthy red wines in California features 2016 Monte Bello in their top 25:
“These wines represent what I consider to be some of the best high-end bottles in the state—and, for many of them, the world.”– Brian Freedman, Food & Wine Magazine
This reminds me of a young Pauillac, with pencil shavings, currants, and just the slightest hint of dried herbs. It all precedes a palate both propulsive and wildly complex, the lively flavors of currants, cherries, and brambly berries seasoned with sage and a hint of thyme. The finish lingers with a subtle suggestion of flowers and a punch of spice and cigar humidor. Phenomenal.