Anthony Gismondi on Wine
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Ridge Montebello 2019

Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, United StatesFreshness is the calling card of Montebello, grown close to 900 metres on the side of a coastal California mountain. Tightly wound, smoky, minty nose with equally intense red/black fruit wrapped in spicy oak, this structure suggests its will age thirty years. 2019 was a generous crop, fuelled by much-needed heavy winter and spring rains. Opulent yet refined, Montebello is a kind California cabernet that stands heads and shoulder above most of its competitors. You might have to put a consortium together to buy it, but you won’t be disappointed with the bottle. One of the best I have tasted. The final tape is a mix of 82/9/8 cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, all hitting 13.7% alcohol. As usual, it was aged in new American oak.Tasted: 10 October 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$376.99750mlBCL Stores
Producer: Ridge VineyardsDistributors: Vintage West Wine Marketing
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Petit VerdotCSPC: 379958UPC: 744442101009