10 Questions for Paul Draper: Number Three!

Please join us as we continue on with our special  ten-question series with Paul Draper; here is Q & A Number Three!

3-    In recent years we’ve seen several new cult wines from California, most of them more expensive than a Bordeaux First Growth. How is Monte Bello different from most of these new wines?

 As with the garage wines of Bordeaux, the California cult wines are not a serious part of the fine wine industry.  These cult wines typically are made from over ripe fruit that produces heavy wines with alcohol well over 15% that should be drunk as young wines as they do not age well.  Monte Bello is made from fully ripe fruit with firm acidity and develops over twenty years and typically ages beautifully for thirty or more years.


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(“10 Questions for Paul Draper” questions composed by Rodrigo Mainardi of Mistral, Brazlian Distributor for Ridge Vineyards)

Paul Draper grew up on an eighty-acre farm in the Chicago suburb of Barrington. After attending the Choate School and receiving a degree in philosophy from Stanford University, he lived for two years in northern Italy. Later he attended the University of Paris and traveled extensively in France, gaining practical experience in traditional winemaking. In the mid-sixties, with a close friend, he set up a small winery in the coast range of Chile and produced several vintages of cabernet sauvignon. He joined Ridge Vineyards in 1969, and presently resides atop Monte Bello Ridge with his wife Maureen and daughter Caitlin. He is known for his crafting of fine cabernets and chardonnays from the Monte Bello estate vineyards, and as a pioneer in the production of long-lived, complex zinfandels.



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