2014 Monte Bello, Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains

The nascent Monte Bello blend was recently tasted against the five most recent vintages as a form of quality control. Owner Paul Draper and winemaker Eric Baugher write, “this very young wine showed such elegance, and yet had a wonderfully defined structure for long-term aging.” One of California’s, if not the world’s, wine legends, 2014 looks as if it is going to be another outstanding vintage for Ridge.

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  • Region & country
    Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2035
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2014 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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