2016 Monte Bello


Wine Information

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Organically Grown

*3 bottle limit

96-98+ Points – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
98 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
97 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
96 Points – Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate
96 Points – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Opaque purple-ruby color. Ripe blackberry fruit, barrel spice, anise, violets, and crushed limestone. Opulent mountain fruit entry, firm acid, and fine-grain, age-worthy tannins. Powerful complexity and tremendous length to the finish. EB (1/18)
Late winter rains brought some relief from another year of drought. Monte Bello’s fractured limestone held onto this moisture for the vines to draw on through a mild summer. Unusually cold nights slowed ripening and developed firm acidity, while gentle extraction during fermentation kept tannins in balance. Through careful blind-tasting twenty-three lots were assembled and spent eighteen months in barrel. This superb vintage will age beautifully over the next thirty years. EB (4/18)
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