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Ridge Monte Bello 2013

Red Wine from USA - California
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Ridge’s supreme vineyard site consistently produces California’s most sophisticated and ageworthy red. The long 2013 growing season has resulted in a seamless, intense and graceful vintage. Over 60% cabernet sauvignon and just under 20% merlot, with petit verdot and cabernet franc making up the rest, this has wonderful sweet dark-berry fruit and black-tea complexity. This wine is a Museum Release: thanks to our member-owned co-operative model, our buyers are able to buy wines to mature in the perfect conditions of our temperature-controlled cellars and release them when they are ready to enjoy. Low stock: limited to three bottles per member
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Code: US5881

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2033
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge is one of California’s greatest wineries. Situated 2,300 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Monte Bello Ridge overlooking San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, it is, literally, a summit of Californian excellence. The first vines were planted in the 1880s and in 1892, the first Monte Bello wines were produced, only to clash with Prohibition. Winemaking was abandoned here until the mid-Sixties, when Ridge was bought by a group of academics from Stanford University Research Institute, who were passionate about wine. They were joined in 1969 by philosophy graduate and self-taught winemaker Paul Draper, who grew up on a farm outside Chicago, and honed his craft while on government service in Italy, and in Chile. He now heads a winemaking team of three.

In 1986, the by now highly successful enterprise, whose Monte Bello cabernet had outperformed a number of Bordelais aristocrats in Stephen Spurrier’s famous Paris tasting ten years previously, was purchased by Otsuka, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. The new owners had the good sense to invest generously and to let the brilliant Draper get on with it. Sure enough, in 2006, Monte Bello cabernet took first prize in the thirtieth anniversary reprise of that “Judgement of Paris” tasting,

The redwood winery and office buildings are reminiscent of a rural American idyll with a front porch and, a curly-tailed Samoyed on hand to greet visitors. Along with zinfandel and Amerian oak barrels, they are a passion of Draper’s. His...
Ridge is one of California’s greatest wineries. Situated 2,300 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Monte Bello Ridge overlooking San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, it is, literally, a summit of Californian excellence. The first vines were planted in the 1880s and in 1892, the first Monte Bello wines were produced, only to clash with Prohibition. Winemaking was abandoned here until the mid-Sixties, when Ridge was bought by a group of academics from Stanford University Research Institute, who were passionate about wine. They were joined in 1969 by philosophy graduate and self-taught winemaker Paul Draper, who grew up on a farm outside Chicago, and honed his craft while on government service in Italy, and in Chile. He now heads a winemaking team of three.

In 1986, the by now highly successful enterprise, whose Monte Bello cabernet had outperformed a number of Bordelais aristocrats in Stephen Spurrier’s famous Paris tasting ten years previously, was purchased by Otsuka, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. The new owners had the good sense to invest generously and to let the brilliant Draper get on with it. Sure enough, in 2006, Monte Bello cabernet took first prize in the thirtieth anniversary reprise of that “Judgement of Paris” tasting,

The redwood winery and office buildings are reminiscent of a rural American idyll with a front porch and, a curly-tailed Samoyed on hand to greet visitors. Along with zinfandel and Amerian oak barrels, they are a passion of Draper’s. His success is built on a natural approach to his craft, never applying a set formula and instead altering his techniques in the winery to best express the character of the vineyard. Low yields of concentrated grapes are produced from the cool mountain climate – they are picked block by block to ensure maximum ripeness and high quality, The emphasis here is on pure California flavours, with a more European-inspired emphasis on balance rather than power.

Ridge have vineyards in two regions in California: the Santa Cruz Mountains, home to the Monte Bello vineyard and richly flavoured chardonnay and stylish Bordeaux blends; and Sonoma, where the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards show the real calibre of zinfandel ‘field blends’. Monte Bello cabernet now has cult status, not perhaps Draper’s most original contribution to the California wine scene is to have taken the zinfandel to a level far above the jug wine territory the grape had traditionally occupied.
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California Vintage 2013

A very high quality vintage in Napa and the Sonoma Valley. The harvest was very early with many varieties being picked almost simultaneously, and everywhere fruit quality and health was excellent. Further down the coast the situation was much the same with Central Coast and Paso Robles producing dark, intense reds and balanced, fruity whites.

Decanter

A Monte Bello for theages, the brooding 2013 nose unfolds to reveal notes of black raspberry,blackcurrant, burning embers and deep-pitched rich soil tones. On the palatethe wine is simply stunning, with a ...
A Monte Bello for theages, the brooding 2013 nose unfolds to reveal notes of black raspberry,blackcurrant, burning embers and deep-pitched rich soil tones. On the palatethe wine is simply stunning, with a beautifully three-dimensional, refinedtannic chassis. Analytically, this is the most tannic Monte Bello of themillennium, but that structure is clothed with a wealth of fruit - so much sothat Ridge forwent its habitual egg-white fining this year. Watch this profoundwine begin to blossom after a decade in the cellar.
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- William Kelley

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