$30 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
Look up “High Roller” in the Dictionary, and Michael Bello’s photo could be nominated to illustrate the definition. He had it all: a huge SoCal construction company employing 5,000 people with revenues that peaked at $167.5 million; a private jet valued at $8.5 million; a mansion in Newport Beach; exotic luxury cars; condos; and permanent welcome mats at the MGM Grand and Wynn in Las Vegas. He was able to realize dreams of owning a champion racehorse and launching his own winery (where he built a grand, French farmhouse with imported materials on the estate).
With the economic collapse in 2007, it all came tumbling down.
Yet the Bello Family Winery continues, though mired in legal issues. It’s a cautionary tale, for sure. But the bottom line is the 2012 Megahertz Cab that we’re featuring this month (named after Bello’s racehorse that was sold for $2.1 million in 2007) is awesome juice and the last of the vintage. Open your bottle and savor a taste of the high life, and remember. . .there can be a price to be paid.
Winery Tasting Notes: “This wine reveals dusty bramble berry and scorched earth overtones that are accentuated by dry spice expressions of sage, long pepper, clove and freshly ground cinnamon stick. Baked essences of black cherry, blackberry jam, plum, black current, blueberry compote, savory soy and glazed plum sauce tie this wine together. Savory rich red meat notes are nicely juxtaposed to the espresso roast and dark chocolate texture.”
Blend: 100% cabernet sauvignon
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