Ridge Monte Bello
In 1959, four Stanford Research Institute engineers bought acreage on top of Monte Bello Ridge, a site that had first been planted to grape vines in the late 19th century. Monte Bello is first and foremost a wine of place. That place - high atop the Santa Cruz Mountains underlain by decomposing limestone and Franciscan rock - produces a wine unlike any other. Monte Bello has often been called America's First Growth, as it is the finest domestic example of a classic Bordeaux blend in which cabernet sauvignon predominates.
Ridge Monte Bello 2006
The Monte Bello (originally Monte Bello Cabernet; until 1975, 100% cabernet) is the wine that introduced Ridge to the world, and the world to Ridge. It is a blend of bordeaux varietals. Cabernet sauvignon still predominates; exhaustive tasting of test blends during assemblage determines how much—if any—merlot, petit verdot, or cabernet franc will be included in the finished wine. Almost every vintage (an unbroken chain from '62 on) has something substantive to recommend it. Every decade has its high points. Taste and opinions differ. But the just-concluded decade of the nineties has been outstanding. Generalization does a disservice to the individual wines. There's structure, there's complexity, there's balance. And they develop for a long, long time.
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