ITEM 83381

2012 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

$274.98

In stock

1

Wine Rating:

96WA

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

2012

Country/State

california

Wine Region

other california

Variety

cabernet sauvignon

Wine Producer

ridge vineyards

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 96 points

The 2012 Monte Bello is a beauty, wafting from the glass with complex aromas of plums, blackberries, bitter chocolate, black truffles, cigar tobacco and hints of crème de cassis. Its new oak is already well integrated. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, richly tannic and very deep, with a layered, concentrated core of fruit framed by chalky, fine-grained tannins. The 2012 is still quite youthfully chewy at this early stage, but there's a certain lavishness to its ripe blackberry fruit that suggests this will be a dramatic, even decadent Monte Bello in the style of the 2002 when it reaches maturity. Late September heat made for a record-setting harvest in only 16 days. The 2012 is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, and it saw a small water addition to finish at 13.8% alcohol.

Review Date: 5/1/18