Stephen Tanzer’s Retrospective Tasting of the 2007 Monte Bello

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Stephen Tanzer of Vinous Media, recently conducted a retrospective tasting on Napa Valley cabernet sauvignons from the 2007 vintage in California. “To provide broader context,” Mr. Tanzer also “included a few outstanding wines made from California vineyards not in Napa Valley.” of which our 2007 Monte Bello was one of those wines. Here is the review of the 2007 Monte Bello:

92 Points 2007 Monte Bello – “Bright ruby-red. Pungent, fresh scents of currant, mocha, tobacco leaf, graphite minerality and brown spices, plus a whiff of leather. A penetrating, youthfully tight midweight with a lovely claret-like balance of currant fruit, minerals and herbal, tobacco-leafy elements. Smooth in texture but enlivened by elevated, almost peppery acidity. Finishes with an element of energy and finesse I don’t find in many high-octane Napa Valley examples from this vintage, but then this is a less massive style of Cabernet. The persistent finishing flavors blow past the firm tannins but there’s little in the way of easy sweetness today. In fact, I suspect this wine is passing through a sullen stage.”

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