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RIDGE VINEYARDS MONTE BELLO 2008 RIDGE VINEYARDS MONTE BELLO 2008

Ridge Monte Bello is a Californian classic. It's long been regarded as one of the finest wines from North America and with this vintage you can see why. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate magazine scored this wine 97+ points in 2011 and summarised "The balance of fruit, tannin and structure is simply extraordinary" - that'll do nicely then!

Also available in-bond. contact us for details and prices.


VINEYARD
The vineyard is located on Monte Bello Ridge, in northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the San Francisco peninsula at elevations of 1300 to 2660 ft. The area has a cool, mountainous climate somewhere between the Mediterranean and Maritime Zones with a principally south/southeast aspect

The soils are composed of decomposing Franciscan rock mixed with clay, laid over fractured limestone.

The vines are head-trained and cane pruned (on vertical trellis). No irrigation is practiced for the mature vines. The vineyard yields 1.19 tons per acre

For the 2008 vintage, Winter was short; two storms provided the season's rainfall. In April, a late frost delayed the season. Temperatures soared in May and the vines set a modest crop.


GRAPE VARIETIES
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot

VINIFICATION
The grapes were harvested between 26 September ? 16 October at an average Brix of 24.3°.

The grapes then underwent gentle destemming, with no crushing. The primary and secondary (malolactic) fermentation was undertaken using natural-yeasts. The wine was pressed at six days.

The wine was then aged in 98% new and 2% year-old air-dried American oak and 2% new French oak (for comparison)for 18 months.

TASTING NOTE
The wine displays an opaque purple-tinged ruby colour. Ripe black currant, fennel, cola, crushed-rock mineral, and a hint of sweet oak. Dense, full-bodied, with velvety tannins, firm acid. Lingering oak/spice finish.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    13.3% (10 units per bottle)





Per Bottle 120.00

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