“We’re not in the driver’s seat. A wine consistently reflects the character of the vineyard and not the whim of the winemaker.”- Spirit of Ridge Vineyards
California Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 1985 from Ridge Vineyards is stunning in expressing its terroir. This wine is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot grown on Monte Bello from 400 m to 800 m above sea level in Santa Cruz Mountains, a diverse region in the north of the Central Coast in California. This place is known for its hilly landscape with poorly fertile soils, which contribute to make the wine unique with a distinctive character.
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885: the winery had the 125-year-old Monte Bello vineyard, abandoned after Prohibition. Now, its sixty-year-old cabernet vines, were replanted in the late 1940s. These historical resources allow production of a wine unlike any other. Regarding, its approach to winemaking, the winery defines it as “pre-industrial”, because it has taken the pre-industrial techniques and applied them in conjunction with the best, least intrusive modern equipment.
1985 had excellent atypical weather conditions that produced unique Cabernet Sauvignon. 1985 Monte Bello shows an old-school edge, leading off with dark olive and herbal notes of bay. It’s a smoky-eyed beauty showing dried flower, mulled red currant and black cherry fruit and a long, suave finish carried by mouth-watering elegance and chalk notes. This wine is already expressive but still has the potential to develop with cellaring to display a refined riper fruitiness and elegance.
Amsterdam, July 16th, 2019