Rivera Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1 2006

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Tight and still quite oaky on the nose, with inky fruit, black spice notes and nuanced tea and tobacco aromas. Soft, broad and quite generous in th... Read more

Tropical fruit, synthetic/ artificial flavour, not very intense. Too oaky aromas with vanilia dominating. Easy wine, simple, med complexity, short ... Read more

(68% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 10% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep, bright ruby. Spicy, high-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Rivera Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
03/22/2013

Tight and still quite oaky on the nose, with inky fruit, black spice notes and nuanced tea and tobacco aromas. Soft, broad and quite generous in the mouth, this lacks the tension of the 2005 and a little of the complexity as well, though it does offer up ripe dark berry fruit that shows a little chocolate, mocha edge through the moderately long finish. 88 points


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Snooth User: Oenos
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3.00 5
08/03/2008

Tropical fruit, synthetic/ artificial flavour, not very intense. Too oaky aromas with vanilia dominating. Easy wine, simple, med complexity, short aftertaste. Below expectations


External Reviews for Rivera Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1

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Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2011

(68% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 10% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep, bright ruby. Spicy, high-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco, rose and smoky Indian spices. Firm, mineral-driven dark berry flavors are given a firm edge by bitter cherry skin and pit notes, with the tobacco note repeating. Supple tannins add structure and carry through the long, sweet, smoky finish. This is showing gentler tannins than I usually expect from a young Monte Bello and Id bet on it being drinkable before the 2005 and 2004 versions. I also retasted the 2005 Monte Bello, which after a year in bottle is showing brighter red fruit and spicier mineral character than at this time last year, when I rated it 95 points. Its still a baby. I underestimated this wines potential and would now rate it 95(+?), with excellent cellaring potential. For the quality it is a steal as it can compare to any wine from the Napa Valley that sells for three or four times the money-or mo...


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05/09/2011

Ridge 06 Monte Bello


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Source: We Speak Wine
03/04/2010

ST: 93 Points


External Review
04/18/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 Ridge Monte Bello 750ml


External Review
09/16/2009

Generous aromas of citrus oil, melon, and a touch of oak. Ripe nectarine and crisp red apple are accented by tropical fruit flavors typical of top California Chardonnay. This drinks like those famous Napa/Sonoma Chardonnays at a fraction of the price.


External Review
11/18/2008

Mint and honey aromas, yet also has typical Chardonnay character of apple, pear, tropical fruit, spice and toast. Slightly oily on entry, it finishes long and clean.


External Review
03/11/2009

While this Chardonnay definitely has plenty of rich California style, it shows truly impeccable balance along with supple-ness from lees aging. Expect apple and vanilla bean oak notes on the nose and palate.


Ratings & Tags for Rivera Castel del Monte Chardonnay Preludio N.1

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05/20/2011

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02/18/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Smooth rich and enticing Ridge Chardonnay displays classic Santa Cruz Mountain acidity with a complex array of ripe pear anise honeysuckle and vanilla turning creamy and complex.

Smooth rich and enticing Ridge Chardonnay displays classic Santa Cruz Mountain acidity with a complex array of ripe pear anise honeysuckle and vanilla turning creamy and complex.

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