Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2020

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Vintage: 2020
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Introducing the Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2020, crafted under the meticulous guidance of Winemaker John Olney. This opulent wine is a testament to the exceptional terroir of the Monte Bello vineyard, showcasing the heights of quality achieved by Ridge Vineyards.

In the glass, the Monte Bello 2020 reveals an enticingly opaque ruby hue, hinting at the depth and complexity to come. The nose is an exquisite tapestry of aromas, with ripe cassis, luscious plum, and vibrant red currant fruit taking center stage. Toasty oak and hints of vanilla lend a luxurious backdrop, while notes of fennel, juniper berry, and bay laurel add a layer of intrigue.

On the palate, this wine does not disappoint. Well-integrated velvety tannins provide structure, cradling the full mid-palate that bursts with the same rich fruit found on the nose. Firm acidity keeps the wine lively and balanced, while the finish is nothing short of sumptuous, lingering long after each sip.

The Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2020 is a wine of remarkable elegance and depth, a true reflection of the extraordinary vineyard and the masterful craftsmanship of John Olney. This vintage is destined to be celebrated and savored, a testament to the enduring legacy of Ridge Vineyards.

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Winemaker of Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2020

John Olney

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