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Ridge Monte Bello California Premier 1997

Winemaker's Notes:

Harvest took place in the early morning hours until dawn in the cool fog during October and November at 27° brix. The berries were hand harvested in the morning in order to keep the fruit as cool as possible. The grapes were hand sorted to ensure only the best optimal fruit was utilized and then gravity fed to the fermentors. Prior to fermentation the grapes were cold soaked for up to five days allowing for retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extraction in the wine producing concentrated, fresh and dark fruit flavors in the finished wine. For maximum extraction of color and flavor the must was in contact with the skins for an optimal 30 days at temperatures not exceeding 89°F; thus contributing to greater extraction of black, dark, violet colors that visually hint at the depth and flavor of the wine. Racking took place every 4-6 months and this wine underwent complete malolactic fermentation in barrels. 100% of the wine aged in French oak barrels for approximately 26 months. Varietal Content: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Verdot Appellation: Sonoma Valley Titratable Acidity: 0.53g/100ml pH: 3.6 Alcohol Level: 15.4% Oak Aging: French oak barrels for an average of 26 months

Monte Xanic:
The Valle de Guadalupe is located 30 kilometers inland from Ensenada, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, 100 km south of the border with the United States. Consequently, its vineyards are the northernmost of Mexico's and the distance from the ocean is between 15 and 20 kilometers. The vines are at altitudes between 300 and 400 meters above sea level. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides humid cu... Read more
The Valle de Guadalupe is located 30 kilometers inland from Ensenada, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, 100 km south of the border with the United States. Consequently, its vineyards are the northernmost of Mexico's and the distance from the ocean is between 15 and 20 kilometers. The vines are at altitudes between 300 and 400 meters above sea level. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides humid currents that result in a microclimate in the valley. Today the Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico's most prestigious wine region, and home to 90% of the top wines of Mexico. Read less

Member Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello California Premier

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.50 5
10/27/2007

Beautiful! A nose of eucalytus, minerals and chocolate. Very fruity for a 10 year old wine. Loooong finish. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience


Snooth User: edub
151871330
4.50 5
03/16/2009

Huge, super concentrated, black ink, with a nose of ripe boysenberries, tar, and taste of a big grapey fruit. Not as vibrant when it was young( I tried this 8 years ago, and just now), but after some air, it gives a hint of its youthful past. Low acidity, but lush, good finish, and almost sinful.If you can find this one, let me know!


External Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello California Premier

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/11/2011

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello exhibits an opaque purple color, as well as an elegant, black currant, mineral, and smoky oak-scented nose. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and in ne... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Ridge Monte Bello 375ml


External Review
05/15/2010

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello exhibits an opaque purple color, as well as an elegant, black currant, mineral, and smoky oak-scented nose. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and in need of 10 years of cellaring. Not a blockbuster, this offering is more elegant and finesse-styled than usual. However, as with previous Monte Bellos, it will take a long time to come around, yet it will keep for 2-3 decades.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRipe and compact, with rich black cherry, plum, chocolate and cedar notes, focused and long on the finish. Has tannin to lose. Best from 2002 through 2009.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello exhibits an opaque purple color as well as an elegant black currant mineral and smoky oak-scented nose. The wine is medium to full-bodied tannic and in need of 10 years of cellaring. Not a blockbuster this offering is more elegant and finesse-styled than usual. However as with previous Monte Bellos it will take a long time to come around yet it will keep for 2-3 decades. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/30/2013

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello exhibits an opaque purple color, as well as an elegant, black currant, mineral, and smoky oak-scented nose. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and in need of 10 years of cellaring. Not a blockbuster, th... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1997 Ridge Monte Bello 750ml



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Harvest took place in the early morning hours until dawn in the cool fog during October and November at 27° brix. The berries were hand harvested in the morning in order to keep the fruit as cool as possible. The grapes were hand sorted to ensure only the best optimal fruit was utilized and then gravity fed to the fermentors. Prior to fermentation the grapes were cold soaked for up to five days allowing for retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extraction in the wine producing concentrated, fresh and dark fruit flavors in the finished wine. For maximum extraction of color and flavor the must was in contact with the skins for an optimal 30 days at temperatures not exceeding 89°F; thus contributing to greater extraction of black, dark, violet colors that visually hint at the depth and flavor of the wine. Racking took place every 4-6 months and this wine underwent complete malolactic fermentation in barrels. 100% of the wine aged in French oak barrels for approximately 26 months. Varietal Content: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Verdot Appellation: Sonoma Valley Titratable Acidity: 0.53g/100ml pH: 3.6 Alcohol Level: 15.4% Oak Aging: French oak barrels for an average of 26 months

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