We are honored that our 2013 Monte Bello was named wine of the year by the International Wine Report, in their annual Top 100 wines list. The following is an excerpt about why they chose Monte Bello as their top wine for 2016.
“The 2013 Monte Bello is an absolute masterpiece from Ridge Vineyards. As this truly majestic wine begins to open it releases seductive aromas of ripe black raspberries and cassis along with fresh spring floral, exotic spices, graphite, pencil shavings and hints of sweet tobacco all emerging beautifully from the glass. Although still youthful, this shows remarkable definition, with a gorgeous rich texture with wonderful purity and beautifully concentrated flavors on the palate. It continues to impress with excellent overall focus and balance getting lift from its underlying acidity as it expands beautifully on to the long, persistent finish. The 2013 is a profound, age-worthy wine, which I expect will continue to evolve for decades to come. This is a complely compelling wine from Paul Draper and winemaker Eric Baugher which is built for the ages, however it is already absolutely sensational.”