- 97 Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE; Jeb Dunnuck: "Showing even better than last year, the 2013 Monte Bello is a tour de force, and a step up over the 2012. Full-bodied, layered, beautifully concentrated and seamless, it knocks it out of the park with its classic bouquet of plums, vanilla bean, cedary spice, scorched earth and cigar. Made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot, aged in 98% new American oak (there?s 2% new French oak), I wish I had bottles in the cellar. It should be at its best from 2023-2043."
- 98+ Punkte VINOUS Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Monte Bello is utterly spellbinding in its beauty. Finely sculpted and chiseled, with super-expressive aromatics and searing tannins, the 2013 is shaping up to be a modern-day classic. The 2013 is remarkably pure and vibrant for such a big wine. It will be years before the 2013 is close to being ready to drink. Even so, it is magnificent today. Where will the 2013 end up? The future seems limitless for now. Quite simply, the 2013 is a must-have wine. In 2013, Monte Bello is very heavy in Cabernet Sauvignon, partly because Merlot suffered in the drought-like conditions. The 2013 has already begun to shut down in bottle. Readers need to be in for the long haul."
|Parker Wine Advocate:||97 RPWA|
|Rebsorte(n):||Petit Verdot Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot|
|Region:||Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Reben:||80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot|
|% vol Alk:||13,6|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Winemaker Tasting Notes: Opaque ruby color. Ripe mountain briar and cassis fruits; licorice, crushed limestone, sweet toasted oak, violets. Intense blackberry fruit on entry; cola, exotic oak spice. Well-defined full body, rich structure, firm acid, wet stone mineral. Long, intense finish. EB (1/16) Vintage Notes: By late summer, a second drought year had pushed the vines to their limit with water stress. The resulting small berries reduced the crop, which ripened three weeks earlier than any in our fifty-year history. Fermented as whole berries, and pressed at eight days, the wines were transferred to barrel for natural malolactic. Nineteen of twenty-six lots?including only one of merlot?were selected for the 2013. This superb vintage shows Monte Bello?s mineral character and firm acidity. Complex secondary qualities will develop within fifteen years, and the wine will age beautifully for twenty more. EB (3/15) Growing Season: Rainfall: 20.5 inches (below average) Bloom: Mid-June Weather: Moderate summer and fall Winemaking: Harvest Dates: 7 September ? 8 October Grapes: Average Brix 24.8° Fermentation: Grapes destemmed, 100% whole berries. Automated berry sorting followed by hand sorting. Fermented on the native yeasts. Pressed at eight days. Natural malolactic. Selection: Nineteen of twenty-six Monte Bello parcels Barrels: 100% new air-dried american oak, 98% american oak, 2% french oak Aging: Sixteen months in barrel Monte Bello Parcels: 79.8 tons from 65.4 acres. Sustainably farmed, hand harvested, estate-grown grapes; destemmed and sorted; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.37 g/L calcium carbonate to moderate the high natural acidity in ten of the twenty-six parcels; 1.2% water addition to six of twenty-six lots during fermentation; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur 30 ppm at crush, 104 ppm during aging; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Ridge Vineyards / Monte Bello, 17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA, www.ridgewines.com|