Ridge’s Monte Bello vineyards is said to be the coldest cabernet-sauvignon-producing area in California, thanks to cool maritime winds, only 25 km far from Pacific Ocean, and vineyards at altitude, planted near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. Combined with the excellent winemaking skills of Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello maybe the most elegant Cabernet Sauvignons of California. Here is some history;
1971 Ridge Monte Bello was ranked a respectable fifth at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. In the 2006 re-enactment (which was decided to repeat this tasting in 30 years claiming that California wines wouldn’t age as nicely as French wines would), Ridge Monte Bello took the top honour, outperforming its Napa (Stag’s Leap, Mayacamas Vineyards, Heitz ‘Martha’s Vineyard) and first-growth Bordeaux (Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Leoville Las Cases) rivals, eighteen points ahead of the second-place wine. And the judges in the UK side included such well-known experts as Michael Broadbent, Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, and Michel Bettane.
The wine has ruby colour. Intense blackberry fruit aromas, blackcurrant, exotic barrel spice, toasted oak, licorice, and complex forest notes. Rich mountain fruit entry, refreshing high acid, full chalky tannin structure, and sweet oak; strong mineral finish.
Drink 2020 - 2050
(€238,67 / liter)