Mixed Ridge Monte Bello 1964-1985 and Experience
, 1964
‡ For wine offered ‘in bond’ only. If you choose t… Read more
Mixed Ridge Monte Bello 1964-1985 and Experience

3 bottles per lot
Details
All bottles have a sticker stating "Celebrating 60 Years - Cellared at the Winery - Curated for Christie's"
Mixed Ridge Monte Bello 1964-1985 and Experience
Ridge, Monte Bello
1964
Damaged capsule. Bin-soiled and damaged label. Level: top-shoulder (1)
1977
Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1)
1985
Slightly bin-soiled label. Level: base of neck (1)
This lot includes an experience at Ridge Winery consisting of a tour, tasting and lunch at Lytton Springs for up to 6 people.
3 bottles per lot
Special notice
‡ For wine offered ‘in bond’ only. If you choose to buy the wine in bond no Excise Duty or Clearance VAT will be charged on the hammer. If you choose to buy the wine out of bond Excise Duty as applicable will be added to the hammer price and Clearance VAT at 20% will be charged on the Duty inclusive hammer price. Whether you buy the wine in bond or out of bond, 20% VAT will be added to the buyer’s premium and shown on the invoice
Further details
Monte Bello was one of the wines, at the 1976 Judgement of Paris, that beat French First Growths into second place. In 1886, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the first Monte Bello vineyards were planted. A first vintage from the young vines followed in 1892. During Prohibition (1920-1933), the vineyard was not fully maintained; some vines survived into the late 1930’s, but by the 1940’s they were effectively abandoned. Eight acres of Cabernet Sauvignon were replanted in 1949. These were the source of the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and subsequent vintages until 1974. It is now harvested from four old ranch vineyards on the Monte Bello Ridge, Perrone Ranch (fruit from the 1971 harvest onwards), Torre Ranch (Dave Bennison produced from here 1962-1968, before Paul Draper took over in 1969), Rousten Ranch (added 2007) and Klein (Jimsomare) Ranch (added 1978). Since 1975 it has been a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend, with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc in support. Prior to 1975 it was solely Cabernet Sauvignon.

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