Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 2010


Ridge Vineyards is an iconic brand whose legacy goes back to the Judgement of Paris of 1976. It was here with Monte Bello that Ridge Vineyards immortalized their name in California’s winemaking history.

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Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 2010

Vinous Media

“The 2010 Ridge Monte Bello is just as stunning as it has always been. Today, the 2010 appears to be entering a closed phase, so it is best left alone for at least another 5-10 years, perhaps longer. The signatures are super-ripe, exotic fruit, sweet aromatics, and firm tannins, all of which ensure the 2010 will be utterly magnificent in a few decades. The growing season was characterized by mostly cold weather, with an unexpectedly intense heat spike in mid-October that gave the fruit a final push. One of the things that makes this vintage so compelling is the interplay of firm structural elements from the cold year and a high level of ripeness that was achieved late. In my view, the 2010 is one of the most thrilling recent Monte Bellos, however, it won’t be ready to drink for a number of years and it won’t peak for quite some time beyond that.”

97 Points

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