82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Franc
Santa Cruz Mountains
On Monte Bello Ridge, our vines are divided between two vineyards – Santa Cruz Mountains and Monte Bello. The former extends from the thirteen hundred foot elevation upwards and includes the old Jimsomare Ranch, as well as those vines higher on the ridge which typically produce more supple, less tannic wines. The 1991 was initially aged in new, air-dried, American oak and finished in two-year old barrels to maintain the balance between spicy oak and berry fruit. The inclusion of merlot and a small amount of franc added further complexity. A lovely wine, enjoyable now, it will develop more fully with five to ten years of bottle age.
30 years ago, Ridge made its first Monte Bello Cabernet from the vines on this ridge. Using traditional methods and minimal handling, we strive to produce superior wines from distinctive fruit.
Average Rating: 90.9
No. of Tasting Notes: 19
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