On 9 December 2015, Bloomberg Business wine writer Elin McCoy posted her Top Ten Wines of 2015 which includes the Ridge 2012 Monte Bello cabernet. Here’s an excerpt of her article:
“In 2015, I sampled about 3,500 wines from every continent but Antarctica in my never-ending search for the recommendable. My 10 most memorable bottles range from a great vintage of a rare riesling … to California’s über-classic cabernet. Taken as a whole, they communicate what’s important in the world of wine today.
2012 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
Comparing three vintages—1992, 2002, and 2012—of America’s greatest cabernet-based blends over lunch with winemaker Paul Draper was a huge treat. All three reds showed the kind of powerful structure, layered earth and fruit flavors, and elegant balance that Draper has pursued for decades at the rustic winery in the Santa Cruz mountains. The 1992 and 2002 show just how brilliantly this American “first growth” evolves as it ages, but the just-released 2012 was the highlight for me: It’s the 50th anniversary vintage of this classic cab.”