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Default TN: Ridge 1973 California Cabernet Sauvigon Monte Bello

The wine is Ridge 1973 California Cabernet Sauvigon Monte Bello. It
was from 2300 - 2600 ft elevation, had 12.8% alcohol, and was bottled
in Oct. 1975. It has been stored properly since release.This was my
last bottle, and I decided to drink it because the level in the bottle
had dropped a bit below the neck. I am glad I opened it, because the
cork was nearing failure. It crumbled easily, but I finally got it out
without dropping cork crumbs in the bottle.

The color is still fairly deep with a bit of age showing around the
rim. It is typical Ridge in bouquet and taste and still has enough
fruit and some medium tannin. It is a much better food wine than many
of the monsters made in the 70s. It is a bit lighter than some of the
Monte Bellos from more famous years. The wine was holding much better
than the cork.

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Default TN: Ridge 1973 California Cabernet Sauvigon Monte Bello

On May 30, 5:39*am, cwdjrxyz wrote:
The wine is Ridge 1973 California Cabernet Sauvigon Monte Bello. It
was from 2300 - 2600 ft elevation, had 12.8% alcohol, and was bottled
in Oct. 1975. It has been stored properly since release.This was my
last bottle, and I decided to drink it because the level in the bottle
had dropped a bit below the neck. I am glad I opened it, because the
cork was nearing failure. It crumbled easily, but I finally got it out
without dropping cork crumbs in the bottle.

The color is still fairly deep with a bit of age showing around the
rim. It is typical Ridge in bouquet and taste and still has enough
fruit and some medium tannin. It is a much better food wine than many
of the monsters made in the 70s. It is a bit lighter than some of the
Monte Bellos from more famous years. The wine was holding much better
than the cork.


Thanks for the notes. I still have a few bottles of Monte Bello from
1976 and 1978 as well as a few from the 80's. I better drink-
up...it's on my list for 2011.
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Default TN: Ridge 1973 California Cabernet Sauvigon Monte Bello

cwdjrxyz wrote:
The wine is Ridge 1973 California Cabernet Sauvigon Monte Bello. It
was from 2300 - 2600 ft elevation, had 12.8% alcohol, and was bottled
in Oct. 1975. It has been stored properly since release.This was my
last bottle, and I decided to drink it because the level in the bottle
had dropped a bit below the neck. I am glad I opened it, because the
cork was nearing failure. It crumbled easily, but I finally got it out
without dropping cork crumbs in the bottle.

The color is still fairly deep with a bit of age showing around the
rim. It is typical Ridge in bouquet and taste and still has enough
fruit and some medium tannin. It is a much better food wine than many
of the monsters made in the 70s. It is a bit lighter than some of the
Monte Bellos from more famous years. The wine was holding much better
than the cork.


As I've said before, you do drink well, CW. 1973 was a quite highly
regarded vintage in certain CA wine circles, but it was overshadowed by
the success of the following year (1974). No surprise that Ridge made a
very good wine in '73, either. Monte Bello is one of the few CalCabs
that I still pay attention to.

Mark Lipton


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