Ridge Vineyards : Monte Bello 2014

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Parker : 97 / 100
J. Suckling : 98 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A worthy successor to the profound 2013 and the fruit of the earliest harvest on record at this address, the 2014 Monte Bello is still quite youthfully expressive, wafting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of minty dark berries, plums, black cherries, cigar box and a nicely integrated framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and intense, with a rich chassis of structuring tannins, which are currently largely concealed in a succulent core of fruit, and bright balancing acids. In profile, it's structurally more open-knit and giving than the massive 2013, and I suspect it will reach its plateau sooner, but it should enjoy over three decades of longevity. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, and it attained 13.5% natural alcohol. The drought had a positive effect on concentration, observed winemaker Eric Baugher when we corresponded shortly after harvest, adding that the wines are opaque in color, with rich tannins and marvellous fruit. Four years later, that remains an accurate characterization of the 2014 Monte Bello.
CaliforniaSanta Cruz Mountains
Alcohol
13.5

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
17.5+

J. Suckling
98

Vinous - A. Galloni
96

Wine Spectator
94

Country
United States Of America

Wine certification
AVA

Region
California

Appellation
Santa Cruz Mountains

Color
Red

Producer
Ridge Vineyards

Parker
97

Allergens
Contains sulfites