In true Graileys fashion we had to have a nice bottle of wine with the staff on New Years Eve. So we went digging in the cellar and pulled a 2001 Ridge Monte Bello and WOW! This wine instantly jumped to my top 5 wines of the year. The purity of fruit was incredible, showing hints of leather, mint and sweet tobacco and the tertiary characteristic shined through as it opened up. Ridge Monte Bello with age is not only hard to get but is something that should be on every wine collectors radar! I have a few vintages below available so please let me know ASAP if I can set anything aside for you. Wines will go fast!
*Ridge Monte Bello Available*
Ridge’s history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.
The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit’s richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.
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