Today In The Monte Bello Tasting Room!

Greetings all!

We’ve got a lovely flight on today, and if you’re in the area, the weather’s beautiful, and the wines are showing brilliantly!


Today marks the first time we’ve poured the new 2008 Paso Robles and Ponzo Vineyards zins back-to-back; this is something we used to do quite often, as they function as an excellent proof-of-concept as regards single-vineyard winemaking, and the extent to which microclimate can influence the character of a wine; in this case, we’re moving from what is traditionally one of warmest microclimates in our portfolio (Paso Robles) to one of the coolest (Russian River Valley); we’re very much looking forward to how these two compare in their new vintage incarnations!

This duo is followed by the new 2007 Carmichael, one of our winery-only limited-production offerings, for its official debut in the tasting room.

After that, the 2006 Lytton Estate Zinfandel, another winery-only offering, and a rather more muscular rendition of this varietal that is just now emerging in to early pourability.

After that, the extraordinary new vintage of the Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cab, a must-taste in my book, and one of the greatest price-break-to-quality offerings available anywhere. 

We close then with the 2004 Lytton Estate Syrah, a rather lovely old-world style Syrah in which we’ve co-fermented the Syrah with 10% Viognier.

And that’s the flight! (Oh, except I should mention that if you opt for the Monte Bello Flight, you’ll be tasting the new 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay, and the 2006 Monte Bello!)

For those of you not in the area, have any of you tasted these wines? Do you have these wines at home? If so, pop one today, and let me know how it’s showing for you!

Categories: Tasting Flights, Viticultural Salmagundi

1 reply

  1. Well, let’s see.

    2008 Paso Robles – on the rack.
    2008 Ponzo – also on the rack.

    2007 Carmichael – check (posted some comments about this lovely, lovely wine on your Facebook page on May 13.)
    2006 Lytton Estate Zinfandel – check.
    2007 Santa Cruz Cab – just a “half-check.”
    2004 Lytton Estate Syrah – double check.

    In fact, I need to order some more of these this week before they’re gone. The syrah is simply outstanding; it has quite quickly spoiled me for other California syrahs. I’ll always be comparing them to the Ridge now. Great soft brambly fruit.

    And I absolutely agree with your comments about the 2007 Santa Cruz cab. It is an outstanding value. Dense, rich chocolate, some anise, some wet gravel, and a touch of spearmint. Not quite so strong on the dark berry fruits in the nose, but they’re all there in the mouth waiting for you.

    And if I may diverge from the Ridge cab, for a moment, another outstanding value I’ve found is the Hall Wine 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the same price as your Santa Cruz offerings.

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