Bello Family Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Chardonnay 2004

Eric Crane
9.9

Bonkers. Loads of primary fruit. Seems like it was bottled yesterday. Explosive and just kind of mind altering. Hard to believe how this showed with such age. — 21 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay

Delightfully complicated California Chard masquerading as a White Burgundy. French nose and French finish. Minerals, flint, stone and fruit—apple, pear, peach and nectarine, with an obvious but restrained layer of oak. Not overly fruity or oaky; no pineapple or butterscotch here. Paired well with the Seafood Tower, Swordfish and Black Cod at the Water Grill Santa Monica. This was a juvenile 2021 vintage, tasted in 2024. Eager to try this gem after another half decade. — 2 months ago

Ridge Vineyards

Jimsomare Monte Bello Ridge Zinfandel 2021

John Howard
9.1

Nice leaner stile zin. — 3 months ago

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Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2000

Opened the evening prior at 7pm and double-decanted; the bottle was left at room temp with the cork pressed lightly back into the neck until service. The 2000 pours a deep garnet color with a near opaque core and a slightly water rim; medium+ viscosity with moderate staining of the tears and some sediment. On the nose, the wine is vinous and showing some real power with a compelling combination of ripe and desiccated fruit: dark brambles, cassis, leather, dill, olives, spiced meat, tobacco and soft baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long and whoa is it ever delicious. This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. Drink now through 2040. — a month ago

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Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

What a delicious Cabernet. Probably one of the best Cali cabs for under $100. Monte Bello fruit. Cassis, blackberry and blueberry, with a mineral edge of graphite and slate. Impeccably balanced. — 3 months ago

Acquaviva Winery

Bianco Bello

Very sweet and crisp — 18 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Promising red fruit on the nose but a bit too tannic—decanting was de rigueur. After 45 minutes it was better but still tight. It took a full two hours to open up fully and show interesting notes of tobacco, earth and pencil shavings to balance the fruit and acid. Tells me that I should wait another five years before opening my remaining bottles. Enjoyed the 2021 vintage with prime ribeye cap steak from Costco, chicken liver pate and Taleggio cheese, with visiting family (William, Teresa, Xander and Samantha). — a month ago

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Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

John Howard
9.4

So good. Leaner vintage. — 3 months ago

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Monte Bello California Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1995

Tannic, dark fruit, smoky, berry bomb — 3 months ago