This offer expired on 30 September 2012
It has been a long time since Lay & Wheeler has put together an offer of Californian wines, but the number of great wines we have collectively tasted over the past six months has made it a region that is impossible to ignore.
Of course, we have offered Ridge Vineyard’s great Bordeaux blend of Monte Bello in the past, but now – alongside – we are pleased to be able to offer some extraordinary wines from the famous vineyards of Au Bon Climat and Peter Michael.
While California is the land of sun, the Napa Valley is itself surprisingly cool (in relative terms at least) due to the temperature-modifying effects of the breezes that come off the Pacific Ocean. It is this that makes the area ideal for the quality wines that are produced there, allowing the grapes to achieve full ripeness, yet retaining crucial acidity. The resulting wines show immense appeal, but superb poise and elegance – new world fruit, combined with refreshing old world structure.
The Ridge estates are in the Santa Cruz region to the south of San Francisco, where a combination of sunshine hours, dry farming, cool breezes and mists creates the perfect situation to create the classically proportioned and long-lived Monte Bello.
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