Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains 2021 En Primeur - Case of 3


75cl ALC 14%
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With just 30% of the rainfall of an average year, the production of Monte Bello was down by around a third of the norm for this 2021 release. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot, aged for 19 months in new oak (92% American, 8% French), this is exceptionally concentrated and offers deep aromas and flavours of blackberry and cassis fruit, a host of pressed dark flowers, exotic spices, wild herbs, and sweet oak. Great levels of fruit, a certain richness but also a purity – great mineral presence and freshness, a pleasing firmness, and a long finish. Drink 2030-2050+

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United States, USA, California

Still Red

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot




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Ridge Vineyards

The Monte Bello site of Ridge Vineyards lies 2600 feet above sea level in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is a winding tortuous drive up a road more reminiscent of an alpine pass than of America.

The altitude here ensures a slow ripening process and the results are more European than most would expect. The vineyard was originally planted in 1885. Paul Draper has been the driving force here having joined in 1969 and is often described as a Professor or Philosopher as well as a wine-maker. In the re-enactment of the 1973 tasting in Paris that shook the Wine world it was Ridge’s 1971 Monte Bello that took the top honours both in the UK and in the USA. There are 3 sites: Monte Bello on the Santa Cruz Mountains predominantly Cabernet based wines. Geyserville (pronounced Guyzervil not Geezervil!) in the Alexander Valley North of the Napa in Sonoma County, where the wine is predominantly Zinfandel. Finally Lytton Springs south of Geyserville between Dry Creek and Alexander Valley again mostly Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.

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