Lean, herbal and pebbly, with a taut band of dried currant, mineral and cedary oak. Turns dry and austere on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2006 through 2012. 1,500 cases made.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The 2003 Monte Bello goes from strength to strength. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense opaque purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, blackberries, and subtle smoke and new oak in the background. Full-bodied and concentrated with beautiful texture, purity, and depth, this powerful Monte Bello should be exceptionally long-lived. It will hit full maturity in 10-15 years, and should last for 30 years.