Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2011
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains|
A long winter delayed the growing season. Summer temperatures remained cool as persistent fog covered much of Northern California. Monte Bello, whose elevation kept the grapes in full sun, was an exception. Following an October rain, two weeks of warm weather ripened the fruit for harvest before the next storm. Extraction of color and tannin required extended pump-overs. At first assemblage in February, seventeen of twenty-four parcels were selected. In May, two cabernets were added, and in late fall, a rich press wine. This exceptional example of the 2011 vintage is classic Monte Bello. Beautifully balanced now, it will continue to evolve over the next thirty years.
Aromatically alluring, this presents a trim mix of cedar, dried herb and berry notes, with loamy earth and rocky scents, before ending with firm, gritty tannins. A true-to-form Monte Bello from a mild year. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023. 4,000 cases made.