2010 Monte Bello, Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains

Ridge believe this is one of the most complex Monte Bellos ever produced. Consistently good weather through September and October enabled the team to pick at their leisure, finishing the harvest on November 5th. A barrel sample tasted in March showed layers of black fruit and minerals, which hid spicy new oak. The wine is by no means heavy and - with good energy and freshness and huge length - it should turn into a legend!

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  • Region & country
    Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
  • Maturity
    Ready 2014 - 2030
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  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2010 Monte Bello, Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains
Ridge Vineyards

Wines have been made from vines planted on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains for over 100 years: it was a spot that was immediately noted for its potential by winemaking pioneers. It was in 1976, however, that Ridge Vineyards was shot into the limelight with the 1971 Monte Bello, made by legendary winemaker Paul Draper, placing fifth in the Judgement of Paris tasting. Paul has since retired, but his philosophy of low-intervention, organic winemaking continues under Eric Baugher, ensuring the wines continue to express tons of character: they’re some of the most expressive wines we know. Over the years, Ridge have stayed true to their pioneering, individual style of Californian Cabernet: personifying elegance and restraint.

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