We are honored that our 2012 Monte Bello was named the 2016 #7 wine of the year by Wine Spectator, in their annual Top 100 wines list. The following is a short excerpt from their write up about why they chose Monte Bello as their #7 wine of 2016.
“Guided by Paul Draper since 1969, Monte Bello is a model for consistency and quality in California Cabernet. The vineyard sits at elevations of 1,300 to 2,700 feet, 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, in a rugged, rocky landscape, with vines planted in decomposing limestone soils. Yields are low, and the cool climate and distinct soil create wines…”
Don’t miss the great video where editor James Laube talks more in-depth about why the 2012 Monte Bello was selected.