If there ever was a First Growth in California, this would be it. Probably the greatest Cabernet made in America, with the track record to prove it.
The Monte Bello estate vineyard was planted, and the winery
constructed, in 1886. A first vintage from the young vines followed in 1892. During Prohibition (1920-1933), the vineyard was not fully maintained; by the 1940s it was effectively
abandoned. Eight acres of cabernet sauvignon were replanted in 1949. These were the source of the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962). Since then, the original vineyards have gradually been replanted.
91-94 ST, 94 WA