1963 Monte Bello

1963 Monte Bello

Wine Information

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage

1963

Vineyard

Monte Bello

Appellation

Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume

10.7%

Vintage Notes

We wrote in RIDGE Wine List Number 2 (November 1966), while this wine was still in barrel : ” Light in some ways because of the cool year, but still heavy in tannin, hence long in coming to maturity.” Given over four years in wood and over five in bottle, we now think this wine is near a peak.

History

Ridge wine is made with an emphasis on quality and naturalness that is rarely attempted. Our grapes are grown in select vineyards (usually identified on the label), where they are left to ripen to peak maturity, often at some loss of quantity. We let the wine settle and age in small barrels, with only rare cellar treatment other than racking. Varieties are not blended unless so indicated on the label. Near Black Mountain on Monte Bello Ridge, our main vineyard is 10 miles south of Palo Alto, 15 miles inland from the ocean, and over 2000 feet in elevation.

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