Our Ridge Monte Bello was one of Eric Asimov’s 10 favorite wines from 2015. Here’s an article from his article published by the New York Times on 10 December 2015.
It’s my privilege over the course of a year to encounter a fair number of rare, profound bottles. Just as important is the search for distinctive wines for drinking any time.
Like restaurants, wines are ruled by context, and greatness can appear where you least expect it. Here are 10 favorites from 2015 (actually 12 bottles in no particular order), from the everyday to the once-in-a-lifetime…
Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello from the Santa Cruz Mountains is not labeled a cabernet sauvignon, but it is arguably America’s greatest cabernet. It values finesse over power, but it has no shortage of intensity or concentration.
At a dinner in October at Café Boulud, I had the opportunity to drink a series of older Monte Bellos, and none was so lovely as the 1978, beautifully balanced with every element in place: the aroma of violets, great minerality and that essential element that Paul Draper, Ridge’s chief executive, calls “juniper.”
To read the full article at NYTimes.com, click here.
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