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2013 Ridge Monte Bello

ITEM 8246177 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
$440
Item Sold Amount Date
I8288612 1 $295 Jun 26, 2022
I8277410 1 $260 Jun 19, 2022
I8250872 1 $285 Jun 5, 2022
I8240656 1 $275 May 29, 2022
I8098202 1 $290 Jan 30, 2022
I8098202 1 $280 Jan 30, 2022
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RATINGS

100The Wine Advocate

...bouquet of black raspberries, cassis, rich espresso roast, cigar wrapper, subtle black truffle and burning embers...full-bodied, powerful and multidimensional, with a lavishly textural attack that segues into a stunningly layered, richly structured mid-palate endowed with incredible depth and concentration underpinned by succulent acids. The finish is long, vibrant and beautifully delineated.

100James Suckling

Amazing aromas of flowers, blackberry, black currant and spices. Purple fruits. Full body, very dense and rich... Tannic and so fresh. The Monte Bello magic is here. Great to taste...

98+ Vinous / IWC

...utterly spellbinding in its beauty. Finely sculpted and chiseled, with super-expressive aromatics and searing tannins, shaping up to be a modern-day classic. Remarkably pure & vibrant for such a big wine... Quite simply a must-have wine.

95Wine Spectator

...plush tannins pull a well of blackberry and plum fruit along, while smoldering toast and a latent mineral edge linger through the superlong finish.

18Jancis Robinson

Very Cabernet nose, again with spice – great polish and depth. Firm acidity and much more obvious tannins than the 2014.

PRODUCER

Ridge

Ridge Vineyards is a multi-estate enterprise with vineyards and wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Sonoma County and Paso Robles. It is a leader in organic, sustainable winemaking and is the largest grower of certified organic grapes in the appellations of Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The business was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962. For more than 50 years Ridge’s winemaker and CEO was Paul Draper, a legendary figure in California winemaking. Draper retired in 2016 and Ridge veteran Mark Vernon became CEO. Each winery has its own winemaker. Ridge makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Rhone style wines. Robert M. Parker Jr. writes that Ridge “is undeniably one of California’s top wineries.”

REGION

United States, California, Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA includes high elevation territory in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo. The AVA follows the coast line from San Francisco to Monterey with elevations from 400 feet to 3,000 feet above sea level. There are 1,500 vineyard acres and the AVA was established in 1981. Despite the challenging terrain in these rugged mountains and hills, highly esteemed wineries have been located here since the early 20th century, when Paul Masson, a Frenchman by birth, started making sparkling wine in the area. By the 1970s vineyards were growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Numerous microclimates within the AVA offer viticulturists diverse growing conditions, and many varietals are grown successfully.

WINEMAKER