2015 MONTE BELLO, Ridge. Santa Cruz Mountains, California (Half Bottle)
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: Montebello 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: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot; in new American oak for 18 months. This is the wine that proves the quality of the oak is more important than its provenance. American oak may sometimes be excessively 'oaky'; not here
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.
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.
£95.00 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount