Fine Wine

May 06 - 14, 2019

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LOT 182
RIDGE MONTE BELLO 1996 (1) WA 96+
RIDGE MONTE BELLO 1997 (1) WA 94
  • RIDGE MONTE BELLO 1996 (1) WA 96+
RIDGE MONTE BELLO 1997 (1) WA 94

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RIDGE MONTE BELLO 1996 (1)

Santa Cruz Mountains.
scraped & scuffed label

The most aromatically exotic vintage of the decade, the 1996 Monte Bello is superb, bursting from the glass with an extravagant bouquet of cassis, cigar box, rich soil, roasted meats and decadent oriental spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, richly tannic and very intense, with a deep and tight-knit core and a bright line of acidity, concluding with a long, youthful finish. The 1996 vintage saw rain during flowering—which reduced yields at this address to less than one ton per acre—followed by a warm summer. The result is a super concentrated Monte Bello that hasn't even reached its plateau of maturity yet. Choosing between this and the formidable 1995 will always be a challenge, but I suspect the 1996 has the greater upside. The blend consists of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, attaining 13.2% alcohol. May 2018 Drink: 2020-2040 WA 96+

RIDGE MONTE BELLO 1997 (1)

Santa Cruz Mountains.
scuffed label

WA 94

2 bts.    per lot $600 - $800

Realised: $1,026
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Additional Info:

Department: Wine
Bottle Count: 1-5
Bottle Formats: Standard 750ml
Has Tasting Notes
Mixed Lots
Score: 94
Type: United States Red
Vintage: 1996, 1997