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 ›
Discussions and comments about specific varietals and/or blends.
93 Is The Magic Number: 2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay Receives 93 Points From Wine Spectator!
Well, this is probably a bit anti-climatic now, as I already gave away the punch line in the title of this post, but the new vintage of our Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay has received a 93 point rating from… 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 ›
So, I was doing some reading on West Coast Wine Net recently (which, if you’ve not yet had a look at this site, is something I highly recommend doing!), and I fell into reading a series of comments and observations debating… 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.