Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1993

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 1289
  • red wine
  • RP93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2001
  • RP99
  • 1996
  • WS96
  • RP95
  • ST94
  • 1994
  • ST95
  • 1990
  • WS97
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Winemaker's Notes

Spring rains delayed the start of the growing season at Monte Bello. In anticipation of an equally delayed harvest date, we thinned the crop heavily. Nights were cool throughout the summer, but late Octobers warm weather pushed the fruit to full maturity. The late start gave us the highest acidity to date of Ridges thirty-two-year history. A full malolactic fermentation brought these acidic wines into balance. In mid-December, as we began assemblage tastings, we found that, for the first time in years, we were holding some wines out because they seemed too tannic. To ensure balanced structure, we did our most rigorous selection ever, keeping sixty percent of the Monte Bello wines out of the final assemblage, consisting of 86% Cabernet, 7% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. The Monte Bello was aged for sixteen months in new oak cooperage, then fined with fresh egg whites. Because the merlot was so tannic, less was included than in most recent vintages. The petit verdot was well-balanced, and added richness and depth. This beautifully-structured wine is among the finest of the last ten years. Quantities are limited, but quality is superb.

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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...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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