2012 MONTE BELLO, Ridge. Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
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: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot; 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.
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Press Reviews: "Very deep purple. Burly and briary with great savour and beautifully managed tannins. Clearly very ripe fruit but great freshness. They say this has more tannin than first growths. Already a pleasure! Must be made with extraordinary skill. Heady, balsam notes. Really sophisticated with no sweetness nor alcohol. Great cleanliness on the end."
18.5/20 - JR on www.jancisrobinson.com
£195.00 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount