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)