Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)

Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
(Santa Cruz Mountains, California)

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Vintage:

Mild temperatures in March prompted an early bloom that coincided with the spring rains. This resulted in a smaller crop that, accompanied by more summer fog than usual, allowed for slow, steady ripening into September. After assembling thirty-six of fifty-eight lots, the wine was returned to barrel for a further twelve months. As a classic Monte Bello, it will benefit from a decade of aging and develop over another twenty years.

Tasting Notes

 

Opaque ruby color with ripe cassis, plum and red currant fruit, toasty oak, vanilla, fennel, juniper berry and bay laurel. Well-integrated velvety tannins, full mid-palate, firm acid, and a long, sumptuous finish.

Technical Information

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Organically Grown

Vineyard: Monte Bello

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Harvest Dates: 15 September – 9 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.4˚
TA: 7.24 g/L
pH: 3.47
Fermentation: Grapes de-stemmed, 100% whole berry fermentation. Fermented on the native yeasts. Natural malolactic.
Selection:: Thirty-six Monte Bello parcels
Barrels: 95% air-dried American oak, 5% French oak (100% new)
Aging: Twenty months in barrel

Hand-harvested; estate grown Monte Bello Vineyard grapes, organically farmed, de-stemmed and sorted; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at crush, 129 ppm during aging); depth filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Ratings & Reviews


99 Points - James Suckling (2019):
"This is a very powerful Monte Bello with currants and blackberry, black licorice and smoked meat. Mint. Some sesame seed, too. It's full-bodied with incredible darkness and saltiness like volcanic salt. Umami. Grilled seaweed. Flavorful and captivating. It goes on for minutes. Try after 2025, but this may age forever." (Sep 2022)