International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102
Dark red. Aromas of red fruits, licorice, minerals and pepper. Sweet, lush and seamless, with a sappy freshness and good flavor definition. Not as long or gripping as the 2001 or 2000 but lively and classy.
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Author: Robert Parker
The black/purple-colored 1999 Montrose offers up notes of pure black fruits intermixed with minerals, smoke, and earth. It is extremely concentrated, surprisingly powerful and dense, with moderate tannin. Its size, strength, and medium to full-bodied personality are atypical for the vintage.
Author: James Suckling
Very fine indeed, offering complex aromas of berries, grilled meat and tobacco, with racy tannins and a long finish. Medium- to full-bodied. Better than from barrel. 18,715 cases made.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/05/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Opens a bit stubborn, quite a bit of sediment, left in caraff one hour. At one hour there is horse saddle backed up by tight cassis and some gravel dust in the background. Much more giving at this point with integrated tannins and finesse. With more time the fruit gets cleaner and the stable takes a backseat place giving way to a nice coffee roast/roasted vegetables component. I really enjoy this wine, although it's not a big wine. Drinks beautifully if you just let it settle in a caraff first.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/08/2008
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