Fine Wine: New World Wines

Live Virtual Auction, 18 September 2022

New World Wines

Sold for

ZAR 7 035
Lot 880
  • Ridge Vineyards; California Monte Bello; 2000; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 500 - 5 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 7 035

About this Item

2000 California Monte Bello
1 (1 x 1) 750ml

In 1962, Ridge made its first Monte Bello, and two years later its first zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched. For more than six decades, Ridge has been recognized by top critics, chefs and peers for consistent quality and steadfast approach to winemaking. Ridge is the largest farmer of organically certified grapes in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation.

Critics Ratings

‘Do you want the good news or the bad news? Well, Ridge’s 2000 Monte Bello is still not ready to drink. Huge, rich and voluptuous, but backed up by serious structure, the 2000 is still a very, very young wine. Readers who own the 2000 should be thrilled . With time in the glass, the 2000 starts to open up a little bit aromatically, but the tannins remain imposing. Hints of tobacco, iron, smoke, savory herbs, leather and licorice all add nuance on the close. This dramatic, brooding Monte Bello will likely drink well for another three decades. In 200, Monte Bello is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.’ - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 95/100 (Jul 2013)

‘Seamless nose, fresh, great life and in great condition. Impeccable class and neatness. Vaguely herby – but not ‘green’ – just enough to lift. Chewy (qua satisfying), substantial, but tannins are beautiful, no hard edges at all. Proves how the best of California have become such good value versus bordeaux of equal quality.’- Alex Hunt MW, JancisRobinson.com, 18/20 (Jun 2012)

Provenance

Private Client

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