Ridge Monte Bello

California, United States   |  Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot   |  2017
£1,250.00
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SKU
RIDG-MOBE-2017-6-IB-SP
6 x 750ml
2 weeks delivery
Destined to rank as one of the all-time greats from Ridge

"Destined to rank as one of the all-time greats from Ridge, the 2017 Monte Bello opens in the glass with youthfully complex notes of ripe plums, cassis, espresso roast and black truffles, with little apparent trace of its time in 100% new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied and incredibly concentrated, with a rich, layered mid-palate and immense substance that marks it out as the most richly tannic Monte Bello since 2013. As ever, the acids are vibrant, with a classic pH of around 3.5—notably lower than most Cabernet Sauvignons from contemporary Bordeaux or Napa Valley, thanks to this site's limestone soils and high altitude. At the time of writing, the blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, though that may change by the time it's bottled. Eric Baugher observes that fermentations were slow in 2017, which protracted the period of extraction, partially accounting for this vintage's power. It's still a baby, but this is a strong contender for a perfect score when it's bottled in over a year's time—and it should see out its 50th birthday in style." 98/100, William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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  Duty Paid / In BondIn Bond
  Vintage2017
  Bottle size750
  CountryUnited States
  RegionCalifornia
  GrapeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
  Wine TypeRed wines

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