1990 Monte Bello - 375mL


Wine Information

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot


95 Points – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Color: Warm brick-edged garnet. Nose: Complex, spicy. Cassis, blueberry, green and black peppercorns. Sweet mint, chocolate, dusty earth. Palate: Perfect balance. Fresh, pungent cabernet fruit. Soft tannins, and a complex, lingering finish.
53 Tons from 48 Acres. Small, five-ton-capacity fermentors were used to handle these selective pickings; when harvest was over, in late October, there were ten individual Monte Bello wines. In addition, we held out and kept separate the first and second pressings from each lot, to provide further options for improving the final wine. Thirty to forty percent of the grapes were left unbroken as fermentation began. Even during fermentation, it was clear we had a particularly intense vintage on our hands. By January, it seemed possible this might be the finest since 1970. A majority of air-dried american oak was used in aging. Over eighty percent of the barrels were new, and the rest had been used for ten months with the '89 Monte Bello. With this greater-than-usual amount of new and near-new wood, we monitored carefully to avoid over-oaking; The integration and balance achieved are characteristic of the finest Monte Bellos.
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