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Ridge Monte Bello 2012


When it comes to cult California Cabernet wines, this is pretty much top of the totem pole. Hard to get hold of and produced in very small quantities, this is a wine of great importance. 

2012 was a stunning vintage in California, the best for a long time. This wine demonstrates that, with both great concentration and great finesse. 

This is the last parcel we will get of the wonderful Ridge Monte Bello 2012.

Jancis Robinson gives this 19/20:

"Paul Draper: 2012 was unusual – accelerated harvest. Picked the whole crop in 11 days instead of more than 40 days. Had to pick quickly to avoid overripeness. Average alcohol for last 15 years is 13.2%. 2012 is 13.7%. There are 24 Monte Bello blocks. 17 went into this vintage. Very little Merlot in 2011 compared with 22% Merlot in 2012, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot. Small berries though not as small as 2013. Vines up to 60 years, yields 1.25 tonnes. Exotic terrain formed thousands of miles from the area around it – formed near Indonesia. Limestone ridge overlaid with high-iron submarine volcanic soils. Just like Côte Brune. Dry farmed. Clear bright crimson. Intense and pure aroma of dark sweet peppery fruit, smells of small wild berries. Fabulous purity and refinement even now. Tannins are finest of fine but not yet silky. Juicy freshness and undemonstrative persistence. (JH) (Drink between 2017-2035)"

Vinous gives this 98/100:

"The 2012 Monte Bello is one of the most harmonious young Monte Bellos I can remember tasting. Seamless and voluptuous through to the finish, the 2012 is showing beautifully today. Raspberry jam, pomegranate, white flowers, mint and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. A wine with a distinctly red-hued profile, silky tannins, no hard edges and exceptional overall balance, the 2012 Monte Bello is simply magnificent. The 2012 is racy but also impeccably balanced throughout, with shades of the 2001 that come through from time to time."

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