The 2009 Monument Ridge is a textbook expression of an even, beautiful vintage on the mountain: aromas of violet, blackberry and blueberry pop from the glass. In the background, one finds complex notes of star anise, ginger and wet slate. While richness is evident on the palate, a real freshness persists as well, an element that's carried through the graceful, lengthy finish.
"Dark in color and full-bodied, this bone dry Cabernet is tannic and hard, despite having concentrated flavors of blackberry jam and black currant. It has plenty of structural integrity, and feels elegant in the mouth. Try holding it for a few years. If you drink it now, give it a few hours in the decanter. Editors' Choice"
"This is a blend from a range of blocks along the main ridgeline of the Alexander Mountain Estate, rising from 1200 to 1900 feet. In 2009, the fruit ripened to black cheery and chocolate depths and a dense, juicy and silken cabernet that needs little more than a thick cut sirloin."
Wine & Spirits
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Monument is a beautiful wine. Dark cherries, mocha, plums, spices, mint, minerals and graphite are woven together in this effortless, totally captivating wine. The 2009 impresses for its nuance, clarity and precision. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni