Monte Bello - 2008 and way back
20 Apr 2009 by Jancis Robinson
Eric Baugher, winemaker at the estimable Ridge Vineyards south of San Francisco, happened to mentioned to his boss Paul Draper that he was planning a holiday trip in Bordeaux. The result was that for the first time ever we Brits were treated to a tasting of their flagship, single-vineyard Bordeaux blend Monte Bello before bottling. The 2008 was supplemented by some other recent vintages - 2005, 2004, 2003 and 1998 - currently available in the UK via importers Morris & Verdin. I have added the odd supplementary fairly recent tasting note of vintages I happen to have tried recently. High above Silicon Valley on land that has been...

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