(From 1996 Vintage) "A quite complex and dense Monte Bello, if a bit stern and rustic up front, revealing rich and concentrated pepper and wild berry flavors, turning earthy and cedary, with a long, rich and tannic finish...93." WS 9/00.
Robert Parker(From 2003 Vintage) "The dense ruby-hued 2003 Monte Bello offers a tight but promising nose of tar, briery creme de cassis, toast, and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, with abundant tannin, a rich texture, and a deep, persistent style, this youthful, primary red is best forgotten until 2010. It should drink well over the following 15-20 years. This impressive wine is unlikely to win many blind tastings given its current austerity."