December 3, 2019
Jeb Dunnuck’s annual ranking of the best wines of the year includes 2015 Monte Bello and 2016 Geyserville.
“The selection is based on a combination of overall quality, price, availability, and a little bit of Wow Factor…”-Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
2015 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello – 98+ Points
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello is unquestionably going to be one of monumental vintages of this wine. Deep, incredibly concentrated, and powerful, yet also textured and perfectly balanced, this beauty gives up a huge nose of cassis, plums, spice box, graphite, and vanilla bean. With full-bodied richness on the palate, it starts out tight and firm yet blossoms with time in the glass and has an awesome mid-palate, building yet perfectly ripe tannins, and a rock star finish. It’s about as classic a Monte Bello as they come…
2016 Ridge Geyserville – 95 Points
From a single vineyard in the Alexander Valley, the 2016 Geyserville is a rock star of a wine that readers should snatch up! Fabulous notes of blueberries, black cherries, currants, toasted spices, and graphite all flow to a medium to full-bodied wine that has a seamless texture, terrific elegance, and a great, great finish. The quality of this cuvée has soared over the coming 4-6 years, and this might just be the best yet. It promises two decades or more of prime drinking.