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Ridge Monte Bello 2023

Ridge Monte Bello 2023



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**PRE-ORDER ONLY** Available Summer 2026

A unique vintage at Monte Bello according to Paul Draper, 2023 was a true test of patience, requiring both stamina and clever decision-making. After several years of dry, mild winters, the 2023 growing season at Monte Bello began late due to cold, wet weather. Substantial rainfall during the winter months leading up to the growing season resulted in abundant cover crops, providing crucial nutrients to the vines. The cooler temperatures delayed bud break and flowering at Monte Bello, which did not occur until late May for the Chardonnay and mid-June for the red varieties. Mowing, weeding, and foliage management were top priorities in May and June as the soil moisture encouraged rapid vegetation growth. Below-average temperatures and cool nights continued into the summer months at Monte Bello, delaying fruit set, which was not complete until mid-July. Only once veraison started in August was the team able to assess the crop; above-average yields prompted a green harvest to concentrate the fruit. Mild weather in August further delayed the ripening process and put the harvest about three weeks behind the anticipated picking date, with the Bordeaux varieties starting to arrive at the winery from October 2nd.

ABV 13%