Can Californian Cabernet improve with age?


August 8, 2016

Decanter Magazine explores the aging potential of California cabernet sauvignon with Ridge’s Monte Bello highlighted and recommended as one of California’s most age-worthy wines.

“Can Californian Cabernet Sauvignon improve with age? At first glance, it’s a debate that seems to have been settled…”

“When the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting was re-enacted thirty years later, it was Ridge Vineyards’ 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon that triumphed, with California wines claiming all top-five places: a conclusive victory over their Bordelais rivals. While older Californian wines were bargains not so long ago, they now command eye-popping prices and grace north America’s most glamorous wine lists…Along with Togni, look to Ridge Vineyards, Heitz Cellar, Forman Vineyard, Dominus Estate, Diamond Creek, Corison Winery and Dunn Vineyards for producers with a proven track record and stable style. These are producers that succeed by design, not by accident.”

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