780. 2008 MONTE BELLO, Ridge. Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: Monte Bello is a single homogenous estate high up in the Santa Cruz mountains, south of San Francisco - and one of the most spectacular vineyards in the world. Poor limestone soils and a cool climate make for low yields and intense (but not over-blown) wine. The vineyard is currently being certified as fully organic.
Grape Variety: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot; aged in new American oak for 17 months
Producer: Paul Draper's Ridge is perhaps the most respected winery in California. Even more so now that the three separate estates (Montebello, Geyserville and Lytton Springs) have their own wineries and so operate like a French 'Domaine' rather than a bigger operation
Cellar Potential: At its peak 2018-2023
Old Bridge Rating: Despite the surprising use of American oak, this is the most Bordeaux-like of all New World Cabernets. Very serious wine that needs many years to show at its best.
Press Reviews: "The 2008 Monte Bello is striking. It is a decidedly muscular Monte Bello endowed with layers of dark fruit. Tobacco, mint, asphalt and crushed rocks develop in the glass, adding tons of complexity and finesse. A long, saline finish rounds things out beautifully. In 2008 the cold growing season stretched into October and the wine definitely has the feel of a cool vintage. The spring frost and the second year of drought conditions lowered yields significantly. Yields were just 1.25 tons per acre on average, but some of the older vineyards came in at less than 1 ton per acre. The balance of fruit, tannin and structure is simply extraordinary, but the wine needs time, most likely lots of it. In 2008 the blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. 97+ points. (AG)" The Wien Advocate
£130.00 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount