I believe it is indeed safe to say that our Monte Bello offering occupies a relatively singular place in Californian viticultural history, and its reputation for longevity –and its attendant accrual of nuanced complexities made possible only by virtue of a rarefiedly focused and ever-deepening developmental trajectory– is borderline canonical.
Meaning, the Monte Bellos age, and they age well.
But, the TRUE die-hard Ridge-O-Phile knows a little secret; Monte Bello ain’t the only ager in the house.
The REAL Ridge-O-Phile knows a that the REAL secret ager in the house is none other than Petite Sirah from York Creek.
Don’t believe me? Go find a real-deal old-timer Ridge-O-Phile, and get a peek into their cellar. Sure, there’ll be some Monte Bello in there. But that’s to be expected, really.
And there will likely be some Geyserville and Lytton Springs as well; though maybe not as much. Temptation is a ….
But in that lovely lil’ low-lit back corner, between the shadows and below the webs, you’ll see some dates on some labels you won’t quite believe, and below those vintages will be the words “York Creek” and “Petite Sirah” …
Trust me, they’re there. The old-timers know …