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2000 Ridge Monte Bello

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

92Stephen Tanzer

...Exotic aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and black licorice. Deeply sweet, sappy and ripe, with heady, mouthfilling flavors of black cherry, cassis, cola and incense. Finishes with broad tannins and mouthcoating persistence.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...toasty oak along with creme de cassis, licorice, and resin-like aromas. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, and elegant with soft tannin as well as a forward style...

18Jancis Robinson

...Seamless nose, fresh, great life and in great condition. Impeccable class and neatness. Vaguely herby – but not ‘green’ – just enough to lift. Chewy (qua satisfying), substantial, but tannins are beautiful, no hard edges at all..

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

2000 Ridge Monte Bello

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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