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1_Ridge California Monte Bello 2007

Ridge California Monte Bello 2007- dark fruit, firm tannins, and lively acidity. 95 points from Wine Advocate

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This is classic Ridge California Monte Bello- dark fruit, firm tannins, and lively acidity. It will benefit from a decade of bottle age, and continue to mature for another twenty years.

 

Learn more at: https://www.ridgewine.com/wines/2007-monte-bello/

 

Review from wine journals:

 

Wine Advocate (May 2018): 95 Points. “Reflecting on the 2007 Monte Bello, Eric Baugher describes the year as “a vintage that almost didn’t happen.” Until the eve of harvest, everything was going well, with a large crop ripening in balmy conditions. In late September, however, cold weather retarded ripening, with wet and wintry October weather only relenting on the 23rd, when temperatures returned to the high 80s. Due to such extended hang time, seeds were hard and woody, so it was difficult to extract much tannin, but that tannin was of very high quality. Today, the wine is beginning to show superbly, wafting from the glass with a lavish, creamy bouquet of crème de cassis, ripe plums, blackberries, black truffle and loamy soil. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, fleshy and expansive, its generous core of fruit framed by rich, melting tannins and underpinned by the freshness and energy that this site always seems to capture. As it approaches age 11, the 2007 is an elegantly voluptuous vintage of Monte Bello that bears analogies with the lovely 1991. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, and it attained 13.1% natural alcohol and was cropped at around two tons per acre.” – William Kelley

Wine Spectator (June 2019): 94 Points. “The 2007 shows noticeable mature notes of alder and tobacco wafting up from the core of mulled berry fruit, while sage and sassafras notes lend a perfume to the finish. It’s here at age 12 that the wine really seems to start unwinding into its secondary phase.” – James Molesworth

Quarterly Review of Wines (Summer 2011) – Best of the Best – California Proprietary Red Blends – “Big, deep, dense, chewy, utterly riveting, black fruit, roasted nut and coffee flavors.”

JamesSuckling.com (15 February 2011) – “The nose just bursts with blueberries, currants, and flowers. Full bodied, with a round and velvety tannin structure. The palate explodes with currants, ripe strawberries, and black pepper on the finish. This is muscular and toned, structured and balanced. This is still young and needs a minimum of five years of bottle age. Winemaker Paul Draper says that perhaps this is as great as the legendary 1991. Could be. 15+24+24+34.” (Score: 97)

Decanter (February 2011): Five Star Wines – “Discreet but still pronounced mint, blackcurrent, herbs, green pepper and oak perfume. Wonderful structure of elegant, understated fruit, grainy tannins and a minerally, spicy finish. Just perfect! Drink: 2012-2020” (Score: 18.9)

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