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2011 Ridge Monte Bello

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Latest Sale Price

August 27, 2023 - $175

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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

...shows beautifully, even next to some of the more important vintages... Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, spices & graphite form an attractive core of flavors & textures... sage, lavender & black fruits add the final shades of nuance...

93-95The Wine Advocate

...tobacco, grilled herbs, smoke, incense and plums melding together in this soft, beautifully textured Monte Bello. The 2011 is a wine of exceptional textural finesse... 88% Cabernet Sauvignon is the highest since the 1980s.

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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