Monte Bello
    Ridge Vineyards

    Monte Bello,

    Destination

    vintage

    Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, 2020

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, 2020
    ABV:
    13.4%
    87/100
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2020 Monte Bello opens with a burst of dark red fruit. Leather, tobacco and mocha open nicely in the glass. There's no getting past smoke taint in this wine. That's a shame, as the flavors are nicely delineated and the tannins are well balanced for the year in this small-scaled Monte Bello. The 2020 has signs of taint when I tasted it from barrel, so I can't say I am terribly surprised.
    Date Reviewed:
    11/2023

    specifications

    country:
    USA
    region:
    California
    style:
    Grape Variety:
    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    Ridge Vineyards

    Ridge Vineyards

    The history of Ridge begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge, producing the first vintage under Ridge Vineyard’s name in 1892. Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. The viticulture is sustainable, almost entirely organic and avoid additions in the wine-making as much as possible. There is no mechanical processing except for gentle filtration at bottling and traditional desteming and pressing. Their approach is straightforward: find intense, flavourful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine.

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