- 96 Punkte VINOUS Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Monte Bello is bright, precise and finely sculpted throughout, with a slightly more reddish leaning flavor profile than is found in some of the surrounding vintages. In 2014, Monte Bello is built on bright, pulsating acidity and energy. Relative to recent vintages such as 2012, 2013 and 2015, the 2014 is a bit compact and tightly wound. The slightly nervous style is likely to require at least a decade to be fully appreciated. In 2014, the blend is more typical of Monte Bello than the Cabernet-dominated 2013, with a greater role for Merlot and other complementary grapes. The only real issue with the 2014 is that it is sandwiched between two truly epic vintages."
- Connoisseur?s Guide to California Wine (April 2017): ?Ridge?s iconic Cabernet is in fine form this outing and shows the impeccable crafting and balance that we have come to expect in its very best versions. It is not a flamboyant wine but is instead one of great precision, and its striking complexity and depth come with nary a hint of excess. Its singular fruity expression of cassis and dark berries holds and holds, and its integral spine of fine-grained tannins imparts nothing in the way of coarseness. Its tighter architecture tags it as needing a lengthy stay of some eight to ten years in the cellar, and those willing to wait will not be at all disappointed.? - 97 Punkte DECANTER: "Exuberant crushed wild berries, plum, cherry, cinnamon, menthol and Woodsmoke, with nicely integrated new oak. Deep, intense and structured, underpinned by vibrant acidity. Terrific persistence. Drink 2022-2050."
- 97 Punkte DECANTER: "Exuberant crushed wild berries, plum, cherry, cinnamon, menthol and
Woodsmoke, with nicely integrated new oak. Deep, intense and structured, underpinned by vibrant
acidity. Terrific persistence. Drink 2022-2050."
- 9,5 Punkte VINOGRAPHY: "Very dark garnet in color, this wine smells of cassis, coconut, and green herbs. In the mouth, gorgeously smooth flavors of cherry, cassis, and green herbs are tinged with the coconut and whiskey barrel scents of American oak. Amazingly supple, fine grained tannins and fantastic acidity make this wine, as usual, quite regal. Still a baby, this wine will reward 10+ years of cellaring. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 13.5% alcohol. Score: around 9.5"
- 98 Punkte JAMES SUCKLING: "Unique aromas of blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and walnut. Full body, very powerful and tannic. Incredible depth and power. Precise and so focused. Muscular. Great structure. This needs at least six to eight years to come together."
|James Suckling:||98 JS|
|Rebsorte(n):||Petit Verdot Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc|
|Region:||Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Reben:||75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot|
|% vol Alk:||13,5|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Winemaker Tasting Notes Opaque ruby color. Intense blackberry fruit aromas, blackcurrant, exotic barrel spice, toasted oak, licorice, and complex forest notes. Rich mountain fruit entry, refreshing high acid, full chalky tannin structure, and sweet oak; strong mineral aftertaste. EB (2/17) Vintage Notes Lack of winter rain affected both vines and cover crops, limiting available nutrients. Still, the vines carried a decent-size crop, which ripened in September. Fermentations progressed slowly; extraction was decided by careful tasting. Malolactics started in tank, and finished by February. Merlot, which suffered in 2013, was strong in 2014. Petit verdot remained challenged by drought. This elegant vintage shows intense fruit, limestone earth, and firm acid. It will be enjoyable over the next fifteen to thirty years. History In 1886, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the first Monte Bello vineyards were planted, and winery construction begun. A first vintage from the young vines followed in 1892. During Prohibition (1920-1933), the vineyard was not fully maintained; some vines survived into the late 30?s, but by the 1940s they were effectively abandoned. Eight acres of cabernet sauvignon were replanted in 1949. These were the source of the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and subsequent vintages until 1974 when younger blocks replanted in the 1960?s were considered for inclusion. Since then, the historic vineyards on the ridge have gradually been replanted. Growing Season Rainfall: 11.8 inches (40% of normal) Bloom: Mid-May Weather: Very dry December & January; most of the rain fell February through April. Overall above average temperatures at Monte Bello. Winemaking Harvest Dates: 2 ? 24 September Grapes: Average Brix 25.2° Fermentation: Grapes destemmed, 100% whole berries. Automated berry sorting followed by hand sorting. Fermented on the native yeasts. Pressed at ten days. Natural malolactic. Selection: Nineteen of twenty-six Monte Bello parcels Barrels: 100% new air-dried oak, 97% american oak, 2% french oak; 1% hungarian oak Aging: Seventeen months in barrel Sustainably farmed, hand-harvested, estate-grown grapes; destemmed and sorted; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.29 g/L calcium carbonate added to moderate the high natural acidity in ten of the twentyone parcels; 2.2% water addition to six of twenty-one lots during fermentation; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur 25 ppm at crush, 109 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|