"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.
International Wine CellarSaturated ruby. Explosive nose of black raspberry and dark chocolate, complicated by exotic spices, roast coffee and steak sauce. Enticing sweetness on entry, then firmly structured, with good density and lovely delineation of flavor. Finishes with chewy, dusty tannins. The alcohol here is 13.2%, on the high side for Monte Bello .