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Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The Experience

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California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas
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Clever Californians
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The Oddbins Take

Now we don’t want to start a bar room brawl and we are massive fans of French wine, but the British do love an underdog and the story of Ridge’s Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon appeals to our sensibilities.

The 1971 vintage was one of the Californian wines that beat its French opponents in 1976’s Judgement of Paris blind tasting, which upset the apple cart somewhat over the Channel and cemented California’s reputation for being world-class winemakers. The cool 2011 season turned out a pristine vintage of Monte Bello, made from Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
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The Style

Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Petit Verdot (1%)
Aged Style, Oaked
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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The Monte Bello estate vineyard was planted, and the winery constructed, high up in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains in 1886. It produced its first vintage in 1892, but the vineyard fell into disrepair during the Prohibition, from 1920-1933. It was rescued in the 1950s by four electrical engineers from the Stanford Research Institute. The winery was a relaxed, local affair until they met vintner Paul Draper.

A fellow Stanford graduate, Paul Draper had gained considerable experience at vineyards in France, Italy and Chile, where he ran his own winery. He took on the mantle of chief winemaker in 1971 and achieved international recognition for his 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon when it was ranked fifth in the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976. This famous event pitted France’s best wines against California’s best and the latter won in every category, much the French wine world’s chagrin.