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2002 Ridge Monte Bello

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

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

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RATINGS

95+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

...oaky, vanillin notes that jump out of the glass along with a touch of white chocolate as well as red and black currants and hints of cedar and forest floor. Extremely young and full-bodied, with some wood char still present...

94Stephen Tanzer

Deep, full ruby. Explosively perfumed nose combines black raspberry, violet and dark chocolate. Wonderfully layered and penetrating, with expressive flavors of raspberry, currant, bitter chocolate, spices and tobacco.

18.5Jancis Robinson

Very small production. Pretty, not that intense but great balance. Great sweetness and classic build. Real edge and beauty. Very long. Bone dry. Such class.

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.

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