8 exciting California wines worth seeking out
Ridge, Monte Bello 2010
If the US had a formal classification of estates or vineyards, such as those in Bordeaux or Burgundy, Ridge would be at the top of the list. This iconic property has been turning out spectacular wines for several decades under the inspired leadership of Paul Draper. The 2010 Monte Bello is set to be one of the great wines in Ridge’s history. Persistent graphite-infused notes support layers of expressive dark fruit in a powerful, structured wine built for cellaring. Those seeking more immediate gratification should try the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which has been terrific in recent vintages. Monte Bello remains one of the world’s most singular expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Price: £86–£128 Berry Bros & Rudd, Lay & Wheeler, Swig, The Wine Society, Woodwinters