Carignane, ATP, First Friday, Oh My!

News Flash!!! It’s nearly First Friday time (TGIFF?), and we’re getting very ready to celebrate the release of one of our MOST anticipated wines of the year, the new Carignane from the Buchignani Ranch!

Ridge-o-philes around the globe usually start querying us about this wine right after the New Year, wondering when it’s going to touch down on terra firma, and I’m happy to tell you that the new 2011 Ridge Vineyards Buchignani Ranch Carignane is nearly ready to land, and its first destination is Monte Bello’s June First Friday!

This wine is fascinating for myriad reasons, not the least of which is that it’s essentially a perfect endorsement for ATP Membership. Exclusivity? Check. Rarity? Check. Cachet? Check. Deliciousness? Big Check.

It’s good to be a member.

And so, we at Ridge/Monte Bello cordially invite all members and their guests to join us for the June edition of First Friday.

(Zlist & MBC, don’t be shy! You’re invited too!)

The event is sure to be one the year’s highlights, and First Friday guests will be amongst the very first to try this wine. Described by winemaker John Olney as having “moderate tannins, brisk acidity, and fresh fruit” that have “integrated beautifully,” the 2011 is surely destined to be a deliciously legendary contribution to the Carignane canon.

Plus, as we often do when celebrating a new release, we’re going to reach deep into the library vaults for some exquisite predecessors, and showcase an outstanding vertical of library Carignane! Alongside the new 2011 vintage, we’ll be pouring the 2006, 2007, and 2008 vintages!


Truly a night  you won’t want to miss …


And now, for your viewing pleasure, here is winemaker John Olney, discussing the new 2011 Buchignani Ranch Carignane …


Stay tuned for tasting notes from our team here at Monte Bello, and for additional details about First Friday …

First Friday at Monte Bello

June 7th ~ 4-7pm

Members with shipments available for pick up at this event:
(be sure to note that you are picking up on your RSVP)
-ATP – Monthly

Eventbrite - First Friday at Monte Bello - June 2013


Plus, for those of you who just can’t WAIT to try the new 2011 vintage, you might want to rock on down to LA in the meantime (Sunday, specifically!), to dig a mighty Rhone Rangers event, at which our very own David Gates will be pouring the new offering!

If you’re in the trade, here’s your postcard:Promo Postcard Vibiana – LA 2012-Trade

And for the avid but unaffiliated amongst you, here’s yours:Promo Postcard – LA 2012-ConsumerOnly-2

Categories: Carignane, Events, Monte Bello, Offerings, Tasting Events/Opportunities, Tasting Flights, Tasting Rooms, Varietals & Blends, Video, Viticultural Salmagundi, Wine Clubs

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