Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2006 750ml
SKU: 989950

Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2006

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Winter was wet and cold through April, but May's warm weather let the vines set a full crop. Summer was unusually warm; picking began on September 18, ahead of schedule. Though a cool October slowed ripening, all parcels were harvested within five weeks, and natural yeasts started the primary within three days. Those first fermentations alerted us to how rapidly color and tannin were being extracted. We reduced pump-overs, and pressed at day ten. Uninoculated secondary began in tank; eighty percent of the thirty-six lots were racked to barrel for completion. Thirteen were selected for the first assemblage in late January. Four intense cabernet lots required egg-white fining to soften tannins. Additions of petit verdot and cabernet franc contributed depth. Balanced and elegant now, this exceptional vintage has the structure to carry it for twenty-five years or more.
Wine Spectator
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Tastes ripe and taut, medium-bodied and hollow at points, offering tight, flinty mineral, sage, dusty berry and dried currant flavors that are lean and tight. The best of two bottles tasted. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2018.

November 15, 2009

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