2013 Monte Bello

$450.00

Wine Information

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot

100 Points – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
100 PointsDecanter Magazine
99 PointsInternational Wine Report
98+ Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
97 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate


*3 bottle limit


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Appellation

Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume

13.6%

Opaque ruby color. Ripe mountain briar and cassis fruits; licorice, crushed limestone, sweet toasted oak, violets. Intense blackberry fruit on entry; cola, exotic oak spice. Well-defined full body, rich structure, firm acid, wet stone mineral. Long, intense finish. EB (1/16)
By late summer, a second drought year had pushed the vines to their limit with water stress. The resulting small berries reduced the crop, which ripened three weeks earlier than any in our fifty-year history. Fermented as whole berries, and pressed at eight days, the wines were transferred to barrel for natural malolactic. Nineteen of twenty-six lots—including only one of merlot—were selected for the 2013. This superb vintage shows Monte Bello’s mineral character and firm acidity. Complex secondary qualities will develop within fifteen years, and the wine will age beautifully for twenty more. EB (3/15)
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