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2010 Monte Bello

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2010 Monte Bello

Price: $160.00

2010 Monte Bello
74% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 4% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc

97+ Points, “Black cherry, plum, cassis, and graphite notes meld into the intense, mineral-infused finish. Dramatic and towering in style.” Antonio Galloni

96 Points, "The 2010 Monte Bello is set to be one of the great wines in Ridge's history", Decanter Magazine

96 Points, "Year's Best Cabernets & Blends", Wine & Spirits

A long winter gave way to a cool growing season. The vines bloomed a month late, but caught up by September, and all twenty-four parcels were harvested in October. Fruit was destemmed, but not crushed, the whole berries sorted to remove stem fragments. Natural fermentations were vigorous; we pressed at day seven, on average. Uninoculated malolactics began in tank, and finished in barrel within three weeks; sixteen lots were selected at first assemblage in March. At second assemblage, an excellent cabernet parcel was added. Balanced tannins, firm acidity, and defined fruit distinguish this sensuous wine, which will continue to develop over the next thirty years. EB (3/12)

Cool climate, limestone sub-soils, low yields, and minimal intervention have produced a half-century of long-lived wines. Fine wine has always been determined by site—by nature, not technology. PD (3/12)