I received the most wonderful gift very recently, and with the permission of my kindly benefactor, I’d like to tell you about it; I received a package in the mail, which I was not expecting, from an address I didn’t recognize…. Read More ›
All things Monte Bello.
I had a brief but very interesting opportunity to taste the 2002 Monte Bello yesterday, which I’d been gleefully anticipating for some time. As can be seen on the label image below … …Paul Draper had estimated, back in ’04,… Read More ›
The Big Sleep -or- The 1977 Monte Bello Arises -or- Fly On The Wall To A Dispatch From The Wine Front
If the nose of the ’74 Silver Oak was tobacco, the nose of the ’77 Monte Bello was a Montecristo cigar straight from Fidel’s pocket. Although the fruit was undoubtedly showing some age, it presented beautifully with dark cassis and berry flavors, along with deep spice, leather, and a bit of oak. The dark flavors elicited a “Nectar of the Devil” summation of the wine. In the off chance you have any ’77 in the cellar, the wine is clearly ready to drink, although will probably remain solid for a few more years.
1991 RIDGE Monte Bello: The Greatest Of Them All? -or- Life, I Love You, Cheers! -or- Wine As Zen Awareness Ritual -or- A Monte Bello Mash Note
Were I to ape a sly trope from the folks over at Slaked, I might dare fashion this in epistolary form, that is to say, as a love letter. Because I could. Because I love this wine. Because I am… Read More ›
What an astonishingly excellent piece of Ridge history our President and COO Mark Vernon has gifted me today! Ridge-o-philes, prepare thyselves! As explained by Mark, the scan below is “page 1 of Ridge’s original BW4488 Taxable Removal Record Book. The ATF… Read More ›