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MAY 13, 2009 [1989, Petit Verdot] 1989 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
acres of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, caberent franc and petit verdot consistently displays its own unique terroir. It's 1989, and the country is about to enter a brief recession. Looking at this decanter full of 1989 Monte Bello. Tags: 1989 3 stars Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello If it weren't for Monte Bello, I wouldn't believe in that greatest of vinous marketing stunts, the theory of terroir.
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MAY 24, 2009 [1989, Petit Verdot] 1988 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
This wine put the 1989 to shame. From 95% cabernet sauvignon, with 3% merlot and 2% petit verdot.makes me think they should add 2% petit verdot to the final blend of the 2008, in an attempt to recreate the longevity of the sweetness here. Oppulently opaque, but this is most likely mature. Left a hefty amount of black residue in the bottle. You can smell the twenty-one years on this.
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JUNE 8, 2009 [1989, Petit Verdot] 249 bottles of wine on the wall
1989 Yarra Yering Dry Red Number 1 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley. 2005 Château Mouton Rothschild Cabernet/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot, Pauillac. 2007 Cullen Wines Mangan Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot, Margaret River. I’m back from the fantastic Landmark Australia Tutorial. Above is a picture of (some of) the wines opened during the tremendous five days. Yes, it’s 249 bottles of wine on the wall!
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APRIL 30, 2008 [1989, Petit Verdot] Polaner tasting standouts
I got to try the Lopez de Heredia Gravonia Rioja Blanco Crianza 1998, Tondonia Rioja Blanco Reserva 1989 & Tondonia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva 1981. At a wholesale price of about $150/bottle the 2005 Gemstone Cabernet (blended with 6% Petit Verdot) was another BIG NAPA CAB. The 2005 Altus Napa Cab was blended with 5% Malbec, Petit Verdot & Merlot (3 of the Bordeaux varietals) and was aged in 80% new medium toasted oak (a high percentage).