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2013 Devil Proof, 1999 Ridge Monte Bello, 2007 Beringer Single Vineyard Cabernet, 2006 Dominus & 2016 Kenzo Rindo

September 6, 2021

All-American at Morton’s, The Steakhouse, on 25 August 2021 at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore…

2016 Kenzo Rindo. Bright deep purple. Superb lift of raspberries, currants and sweet dark cherries with a darkish tinge of capsicum, exuding lovely glow. Medium-full. Superbly rounded with sleek acidity and supple intensity, imbued with traces of licorice, saddle and roast. Weighty but skillfully balanced, showing great sophistication throughout. Already highly accessible. Excellent.

2006 Dominus, courtesy of The Boss. Deep garnet red, proffering an equally deep fragrance of ripe blueberries, raspberries and cherries. Hugely effusive. Somewhat narrow at first on the medium-bodied palate, eventually opening up with dried fruits, cedar and cinnamon amid a high-toned acidity, fleshing out beautifully with supple complexity and early tertiary development.

2007 Beringer Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, courtesy of Marc. Lovely bouquet of ripe red fruits set against warm gravel. Open with generous swathes of raspberries that exert supple intensity with a menthol lift, displaying great seamless integration. Drinking beautifully.

20210825_204240.jpg1999 Ridge Monte Bello, courtesy of Russ. Deep garnet. Wafts of wet gravel with a hint of gunmetal on the nose. Medium-full. Beautifully supple and open, softly rounded with a deeper core of tangerines and subtle tertiary characters that gelled very well with its understated tannin structure. Outstanding.

2013 Devil Proof Vineyards, courtesy of KC. Impenetrable black. This cult 100% Californian malbec from a 1.2 ha plot in the northern Sonoma County by Jesse Katz seduces with an intoxicating bouquet of eucalyptus, enamel and varnish, very generously endowed on the medium-full palate with a glowing sweet supple intensity of crushed fruit amid ripe savoury tones on an earthy base, finishing with spicy length. Absolutely enticing without going overboard. Superb!

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