2018 Monte Bello

Wine Information

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Organically Grown


97 Points – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
97 Points – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
96+ Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
96 PointsWine & Spirits
96 Points – Owen Bargreen, OwenBargreen.com
95 PointsWine Enthusiast
(94-97)+ Points – Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Opaque, saturated ruby in color. Aromas of cassis, fennel, cola, clove-nutmeg spice, toasted oak, wet crushed stone, black tea, and sweet dry chaparral. Palate of ripe cassis, blackberry, and mountain bramble. Lively acid and polished velvety tannins with a smooth, full body and long finish showing limestone mineral and forest floor. EB (4/20)
December brought intense rains but they ended by January. Drenching spring storms saved the growing season. Though summer was foggy and cold, the vines received abundant sunshine and warmth that ripened the grapes by early October. Reduced pump-overs during fermentation helped moderate tannin extraction. Assembled by blind-taste, twenty-two lots came together to make this superb vintage. Sensuous and showing great complexity, it will be enjoyable over the next thirty years.
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