I’ll confess two things: 1) I was not able to taste the new (and most likely final) assemblage at the actual Monte Bello Collector Event; I was just too busy. -And- 2) Having now tasted it, I’m REALLY excited … I do… Read More ›
All things cabernet sauvignon, and/or blends based on cabernet sauvignon.
If you’ve been following along with this saga, the 1971 Ridge Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has been the subject of some degree of scrutiny and speculation of late, and finally, courtesy of the good graces of one Mr. Paul Draper, I… Read More ›
Monte Bello Collector Event/Final Assemblage Tasting: Part I, The Vintage Pack Vertical – 1995 Monte Bello, 1997 Monte Bello, & 1999 Monte Bello!
We’ve just had quite an event here this past weekend, our Monte Bello Collector Final Assemblage Tasting, and among the many treats on offer was the opportunity to try the three selections that comprise our new Vintage Pack offering: the… Read More ›
Ten Years After – or – To Grade The Parade Of A Decade – or – Double Barrel Bello: Tasting the 1996 & 2006 Monte Bellos!
I had the great pleasure of tasting a decade-wide two-vintage vertical of Monte Bello today, and might I add,I did so in wonderful company. I hosted Eric Baugher, our VP of Winemaking here at Monte Bello, and Ilir Kacaniku, the… Read More ›
Over the past few days, all of us here at RIDGE have had occasion to hear wonderful stories about Donn Reisen; each revealing again and again how Donn was consistently and uniquely able to, put simply, make people feel good. I’d… Read More ›
First, the facts: My compatriots for this edition of RIDGE In The Round were Peter Yaninek, Sam Howles-Banerji, Zani Nesvacil, and Karen Cai; all esteemed members of the Monte Bello Tasting Room Staff. The wine we immersed ourselves in was… Read More ›
Anyhow, when tasting the ’93 MB, my Canadian guests and I did indeed find ourselves discussing the Bordeaux factor, and in the end, collectively agreeing that the ’93 in fact did seem not only distinctly “Bordeaux-esque”, but in fact, and quite possibly, one of the most so of the past 20 years of Monte Bello vintages.
We’re looking particularly forward to this weekend’s tasting menu, as we’ll be pouring the new 2006 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate for the first time since our Spring Release Weekend! Featuring 19 parcels worth of Monte Bello fruit, in a blend… Read More ›