Read Decanter's expert tasting note, rating and drinking window for Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mount, Central Valley, USA 1995.
Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mount, Central Valley, USA 1995
This is the example of a lovely wine in a lovely place. A few years ago, the 1995 seemed a bit dry and tannic, and winemaker Eric Baugher expressed apprehension that he might have pushed extraction too far on this, his debut vintage. But those formidable tannins have melted, and the wine is now drinking very well. The nose offers up notes of red and black fruits, rich earthy tones and nuances of cedar and leather. Deep and concentrated with a classical balance between acidity, tannin and fruit, this has transformed into one of my favourite vintages of this American classic to drink now.
Taster William Kelley
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