Ridge Monte Bello 2012

Ridge Monte Bello 2012

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In 1959, four engineers from Stanford purchased Ridge Vineyards – a series of wooded limestone terraces established in the 1880s high above the Pacific – to make bottles at the weekends for their own consumption.

By 1969, they had recruited Paul Draper, a philosophy graduate and non-interventionist winemaker who had recently returned from Chile. The rest is vinous history: Draper would become one of the best-known ambassadors for California viticulture (overseeing 47 vintages) and establish Ridge as a benchmark winery, not just for the New World but for collectors everywhere. If the US had a formal classification system, Ridge would be a First Growth.

“Seamless and voluptuous through to the finish… Raspberry jam, pomegranate, white flowers, mint, and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. A wine with a distinctly red-hued profile, silky tannins, no hard edges, and exceptional overall balance, the 2012 Monte Bello is simply magnificent.” 98 Points, Vinous

Wine Details

Type Red
Country USA
Region California
Producer Ridge
Vintage 2012
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
ABV 13.8%
Bottle Size 75.0cl