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The following is a Great Wine News Article:
Vineyard in the Clouds / Jeff Cox
Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello (beautiful mountain) vineyard covers 100 acres high in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation about 60 miles south of San Francisco. Very high, indeed. “The elevation runs from 1,400 up to 2,700 feet above sea level,” says Ridge owner Paul Draper. “It’s the highest vineyard in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was the highest in California until 20 years ago. It’s higher than any vineyard in Europe.”
Draper’s been making Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon since the late 1960s. People don’t generally remember this, but the 1971—Draper’s third vintage – Monte Bello Cab came in fifth at the famous Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976, when experienced French wine judges blind-tasted a series of French and California wines, and the Chateau Montelana Chardonnay from the Napa Valley took first place—to the dismay, shock, and astonishment of the French judges.
In 2006, 30 years later, the exact same line-up of wines was tasted in a re-enactment of the 1976 tasting, and this time, the 1971 Monte Bello came in first. It had aged.. read more here
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