It’s a ritual I always look very forward to; the tastings in which we consider possible release schedules for upcoming ATP wines. Why? Because I really, really, really love our ATP program. Want proof? When I was first hired by… Read More ›
Discussions and comments about specific varietals and/or blends.
Grapedate 10.20.12. Final Crush. Monte Bello Winery. – With today’s arrival of viognier, zinfandel, and petite sirah, we officially come to Final Crush at the Monte Bello Winery. Uva no mas.
It’s all of.18 acres, but it’s a block of great significance. .18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1949. The last .18 acres of Monte Bello to be harvested. As The Knoll Goes, So The Whole Goes. Meaning, for Monte… Read More ›
#Harvest2012 is very rapidly wrapping up; Monte Bello may be finished as soon as today! What occasioned all this sudden rapidity was the onset of very warm weather; suddenly, we couldn’t seem to pick fast enough. I had the chance… Read More ›
Of the four Historic Vineyards on Monte Bello, the Rousten Ranch is probably the least-known experientially, and the most mercurial reputationally. Nestled between Jimsomare (well-known amongst Ridge aficionados for producing legendary Cabernet and very-limited-production pre-Prohibition Zinfandel) and the old Torre property (currently… Read More ›
Zin. Bin. Zin in Bin. Zin is in the Bin. Zin is In! – The 2nd of October was a momentous day in the history of #Harvest2012. On this day, the first Zinfandel came in from the Lytton Springs vineyards!… Read More ›
“Hand-Crafted.” It’s a phrase we hear and see all the time. It’s both a potent marketing term, and a resonant concept. The terms suggests old-fashioned attention-to-detail, and a tradition-based respect for craft. It is a de facto affirmation of quality. By definition, it means… Read More ›