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Ridge Monte Bello 1997

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750ML / 12.9% ABV
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750ML / 12.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dark purple color; lovely balance; chalky but integrated, coated tannins; mint, wet stone, black cherry; some vanilla from new oak; very complex; aromas more intense than SCM; flavors of mushroom, sweet thick cassis; full, round perfume of licorice and dusty chocolate; a zing of freshness and aromatics over layers of black/blue and red fruit smells; wonderfully structured, extremely sophisticated; jammy blackberry, chewy plum skins; sensuous, will drink well for forty years.

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A vintage that had big yields and a hectic harvest, the 1997 Monte Bello is a sexy, supple and layered beauty that's drinking beautifully today. Cassis, toasted spice, cigar and dried herbs all flow nicely to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has solid textured, good mid-palate depth and still present tannin. I thought the tannin could be cause for concern at first, but they sweetened up with time in the glass; nevertheless, I see no need to delay gratification and would drink while the getting is good.
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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 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.

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