Monte Bello 2014

voluminös & kräftig
seidig & aromatisch
Cabernet Sauvignon 81%, Merlot 16%, Petit Verdot 2%, Cabernet Franc 1%%
13,5% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2021–2055
Verpackt in: 3er OHK
Lobenberg: 98/100
Suckling: 98/100
Jeb Dunnuck: 97/100
Parker: 97/100
Winzer,: 96–98/100
Galloni: 96/100
USA, Californien
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Suckling über: Monte Bello

-- Suckling: Unique aromas of blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and walnut. Full body, very powerful and tannic. Incredible depth and power. Precise and so focused. Muscular. Great structure. This needs at least six to eight years to come together. 98/100


Jeb Dunnuck über: Monte Bello

-- Jeb Dunnuck: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello checks in as 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and the rest Cabernet Franc. A much deeper, richer wine compared to the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers incredible notes of crème de cassis, vanilla bean, tobacco leaf, and scorched earth. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, with moderate acidity and ripe yet present tannin, it's going to drink nicely with just short-term cellaring yet shine for two decades or more. It doesn't have the overt concentration and structure of the 2012 and 2013, but has sensational purity, balance, and elegance. 97/100


Parker über: Monte Bello

-- Parker: A worthy successor to the profound 2013 and the fruit of the earliest harvest on record at this address, the 2014 Monte Bello is still quite youthfully expressive, wafting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of minty dark berries, plums, black cherries, cigar box and a nicely integrated framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and intense, with a rich chassis of structuring tannins, which are currently largely concealed in a succulent core of fruit, and bright balancing acids. In profile, it's structurally more open-knit and giving than the massive 2013, and I suspect it will reach its plateau sooner, but it should enjoy over three decades of longevity. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, and it attained 13.5% natural alcohol. 'The drought had a positive effect on concentration,' observed winemaker Eric Baugher when we corresponded shortly after harvest, adding that 'the wines are opaque in color, with rich tannins and marvellous fruit.' Four years later, that remains an accurate characterization of the 2014 Monte Bello. 97/100


Winzer, über: Monte Bello

-- Winzer: -- Winzer: Ridge Vineyard 2014 Monte Bello Vintage Report: The vines experienced their third consecutive year of drought, receiving only one-third of normal rainfall, 11 inches vs. 35 inches. Early bud-break was advanced by unusually warm January weather. Fortunately, winter weather arrived at the beginning of February with a series of cold fronts that stalled vine growth, but brought only two inches of rain. Seven inches of rain in March and April, and warm weather in late April pushed growth forward, with adequate water in the root zone to carry the vines through summer with no serious water stress. Bloom occurred during fair weather from mid-May through early June, resulting in an even fruit set. We thinned after veraison to balance the vines and assure intense flavors. Fog and cool breezes from the west, off the Pacific Ocean, moderated temperatures and helped avoid water stress in the vines. Having seen earlier-than-normal veraison in Monte Bello's Bordeaux varietals, we began flavor sampling in late August. Typically ripeness varies 2˚- 3˚ brix between the bottom and top of Monte Bello, allowing harvest to proceed at a moderate pace. This year, however, there was very little difference in ripeness, preparing us for a short, fast harvest. Tasting revealed sugar to be ahead of flavor (much as in 2001). The first block of cabernet was brought in on September 2—the earliest in our history by two-and-a-half weeks. It was quickly followed by more parcels, harvested without a break over the next eleven days. The vineyard crew was finally able to take a day of rest on Sunday. Resuming work on Monday, they continued picking the balance of the vineyard, and finished September 24. We normally finish October 24 or later. As usual, destemmed whole berries fermented on natural yeasts. Natural yeast fermentations began within two to three days of harvest. This year, the wines remained on their skins for six to fifteen days, averaging ten days before pressing. We made greater use of high-quality press fractions than in most recent vintages. We moved the wines to new american oak, along with their gross lees, for natural malolactic. Forty-eight separate lots are now in barrel. It is difficult to compare the 2014 with any other vintage this early, but we can guess, on the basis of similar growing seasons, ripeness, and tannin extraction, that 2014 will match the outstanding, full-bodied 2001 vintage. As always, cabernet sauvignon will dominate the Monte Bello. Merlot, which suffered in 2013, came back strong, and might contribute upwards of 30% to the blend. Cabernet franc and petit verdot struggled through the dry growing season. Having sampled from the vine, the fermentors, and now from barrel, we know that the 2014 Monte Bello is of superb quality in the classic Ridge style.


Galloni über: Monte Bello

-- Galloni: The 2014 Monte Bello is bright, precise and finely sculpted throughout, with a slightly more reddish leaning flavor profile than is found in some of the surrounding vintages. In 2014, Monte Bello is built on bright, pulsating acidity and energy. Relative to recent vintages such as 2012, 2013 and 2015, the 2014 is a bit compact and tightly wound. The slightly nervous style is likely to require at least a decade to be fully appreciated. In 2014, the blend is more typical of Monte Bello than the Cabernet-dominated 2013, with a greater role for Merlot and other complementary grapes. The only real issue with the 2014 is that it is sandwiched between two truly epic vintages. 96/100

Mein Winzer


Gut eineinhalb Stunden südlich von San Francisco liegt das legendäre Weingut Ridge in den Santa Cruz Mountains, auf dem Gipfel des Monte Bello. Die letzten 15 Kilometer führen über verschlungene Serpentinen durch Redwoods und Eichenwälder bis hinauf zum Weingut, das auf 700 Metern liegt und...