Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello"
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Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" - 2019

Item # 18668 750mL

Offering a more nuanced and complex package than is typically found in California Cabernet this is dark and rich with a deep core of earthy, plummy fruit and spectacular notes of eucalyptus, tobacco, and anise on the finish.

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Item Notes

  • Limited Production: Only 1 bottle(s) per customer
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Staff Pick Notes

Now this is a well made wine. And it's everything I want from a California Cabernet. Opulent in texture with well integrated tannins. Plush, complex, concentrated flavors without being overly ripe and jammy on the palate. The fruit and oak are harmonious, rather than bombastic components. I tasted this wine three times over the course of four days. The structure never faltered. Each sip proved uniquely contemplative. It's so delicious. Ridge Monte Bello is hands down one of the benchmarks of American winemaking.The transparency in vineyard practices and vinification at this winery are paralleled by few others in any country. You know what you are getting when you pick up a bottle from this producer. High quality. Little fanfare. To the point. Excellent all around.

- BLR

About the Producer

Cupertino, California, USA The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique...

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Glossary

California

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Merlot

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California, positioning it at the forefront of the New World wine scene as well. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon has a...

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