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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2007
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2007
(search item no. 106157)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 97 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $119.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Cassis, violets, blackberry. Wet stone, espresso, notes of sweet oak. On entry, ripe mountain fruit, licorice, complex minerals. Youthful and lively, with firm acid and elegant chalky tannins. Captivating finish.

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About Ridge Vineyards:

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.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

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.