五號好酒
 
  2019-02-11 12:11:47

五號好酒- Ridge Monte Bello 2012 大敗波爾多 美國膜拜酒的驕傲!!!


 
 
1976年巴黎審判大敗波爾多列級酒莊的英豪!!
 
被譽為『加州的Chateau Latour』,最能與波爾多頂級酒媲美陳年潛力的加州光輝。
 
強勁與優雅間續,以完美的平衡感著稱。
 
它就是美國加州Ridge瑞吉酒莊的Monte Bello蒙特貝羅!! 
 
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酒莊:Ridge 瑞吉酒莊
產區:美國 Napa
全名:Ridge Monte Bello
中文:瑞吉酒莊 蒙特貝羅(旗艦酒)
葡萄品種:68% Cabernet Sauvignon、20% Merlot、10% Petit Verdot、2% Cabernet Franc
年份:2012 

 
 
1959年,四位來自史丹佛研究所的工程師,創立如今享譽國際的加州頂尖酒莊Ridge瑞吉酒莊。1968黏,他們買下酒莊附近地勢較高的Monte Bello蒙特貝羅酒莊,隔年聘請了Paul Draper擔任釀酒師,從此展開了酒莊的傳奇。Ridge瑞吉酒莊除了聲明遠播的Zinfandel,讓酒莊世界知名的酒,便是以Cabernet Sauvignon為主的Monte Bello蒙特貝羅酒款。
 
1976年的『巴黎審判』(Paris Tasting),這波爾多與加州頂尖酒廠光輝燦爛的一役,至今仍是酒饕家津津樂道的話題,當時獲獎的美國酒現在都已經是酒藏家迫切追逐的對象,當時參賽的1971年份Ridge Monte Bello脫穎而出,在波爾多列級酒莊的環肆下,仍獲得紅酒第五名的榮耀,這可是天大的消息,如今又過了30年,在釀酒設備與知識都更加完善之下,酒款可說擁有更驚人的面貌。
 
酒評家Steven Spurrier稱Ridge Monte Bello為『唯一能與Chateau Latour匹敵的葡萄酒』,一般來說加州酒的陳年潛力仍稍微不如波爾多,但Ridge Monte Bello卻是唯一的例外,擁有堅硬卻豐富的層次,宏大且多變得面貌,在1976年後仍有許多人拿Chateau Latour與Ridge Monte Bello來互相比較,輸贏個有見長,卻別忘了他可以與波爾多最偉大的Chateau Latour相評比,有如此讓人驚嘆表現的美國酒,讓Ridge Monte Bello有了『加州的Chateau Latour』之稱。
 
Ridge Monte Bello使用68%的Cabernet Sauvignon,酒精度僅僅13.5%,濃郁渾厚但細緻高雅的酒質架構,單寧強勁不咬口,酒體宏大,卻同時擁有完美的平衡度,不得不佩服釀酒師功力,
 
Complex mix of ripe mountain bramble, cassis, and currant fruits; dark chocolate, toasty oak, licorice, exotic spice. Full-bodied, with elegant chalky tannins, sensuous balance, integrated oak. Pure Monte Bello.
 
 
Wine Advocate:94+ points
While it is eclipsed by the brilliance of the 2005, the 2006 Monte Bello (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) is a very strong effort. Its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and a touch of oak. Well-balanced, dense, pure, layered, and rich, its big, rich style . This cuvee should keep for 25-30 years in a cool cellar.
 
International Wine Cellar :93 points
Deep, bright ruby. Spicy, high-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco, rose and smoky Indian spices. Firm, mineral-driven dark berry flavors are given a firm edge by bitter cherry skin and pit notes, with the tobacco note repeating. Supple tannins add structure and carry through the long, sweet, smoky finish. This is showing gentler tannins than I usually expect from a young Monte Bello and I'd bet on it being drinkable before the 2005 and 2004 versions. I also retasted the 2005 Monte Bello, which after a year in bottle is showing brighter red fruit and spicier mineral character than at this time last year, when I rated it 95 points. It's still a baby. I underestimated this wine's potential and would now rate it 95, with excellent cellaring potential. For the quality it is a steal as it can compare to any wine from the Napa Valley that sells for three or four times the money-or more!
 
 
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