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2003 Ridge Monte Bello, 375ml

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Latest Sale Price

September 25, 2022 - $94

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RATINGS

94+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

One of the smallest crops to be included...only 32% of the production made it into the 2003...sweet black currant, blueberry, graphite, licorice and toasty vanillin aromas...tannins are still noticeable...but...well-integrated.

92+ Stephen Tanzer

Knockout nose offers blackberry, currant, plum, cedar, minerals and dark chocolate. Fresh, succulent and quite firm in the mouth, with brisk acids and a minty nuance lifting the dark berry and chocolate flavors.

17.5Jancis Robinson

...Complex, spicy nose. Sweet, rich and velvety – not that unlike 2003 bordeaux -...Great lift. Quite polished...

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.

VINTAGE

2003 Ridge Monte Bello

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot

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