Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Red 2009

At £140-£180 this is a decadent treat that is drinking fabulously but will benefit from more ageing in 10-20 years 😉 At 13.5% ABV it’s not over powered like many 🇺🇸 wines but it feels over priced for what it is to me 😁

📍 Ridge Monte Bello 2009

🏵 94-95 points w/ bigger potential

🍇 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot & 6% Petit Verdot

🍷 Deep opaque ruby

👃 Earthy mocha choc infused blackcurrant w/ warm oak, mint, dry cured meats, dark cherry, pencil shavings, black olive & raspberry liquorice

👄 Med body of dark berries infused with mocha & liquorice w/ dry cracked rock minerals & dark cherry

🎯 Long earthy rich mocha dark fruit boom with a dry linger
— 5 days ago

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@Chris England Chris nice and Fall pic Cheers 🍷
Bret Barker

Bret Barker

Love monte bello and this is a great vintage. Cheers!
Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

A Cupertino classic!

Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Ok. Lives Up to the hype — 9 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011

Yep yep yep! There is something so unpretentious and comfortable about this vintage. I just love it! Its as marvelous night for a moondance.... — 15 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

One the most accessible young Montebello’s, darker than most vintages I’ve had too.
Parker 100, definitely one to try early & in a few years
— 5 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

One good thing about the flu compared to a cold, You can still smell & taste. Colds ruin everything when it comes to the senses you need for wine.
David T

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Quite true.
Eric S

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Baller!

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend 2010

This afternoon at a gathering at a friends home we opened the 2010 Ridge Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose is beautiful lack fruit, black cherries, blackberries, licorice, violets, tobacco, crushed rock, a nice minerality and a nice rich soil.

On the palate is opulent black fruit, black cherry, blackberries, black plum, cassis, violets, some rich sweet tobacco, an oaky smoke content, crushed rock, a minerality and a nice dusty soil.

The wine is full bodied with medium + acidity and medium + gripping tannin that lead to a long racy finish. A very nice Bordeaux Blend that will not disappoint. The weekend is in full swing and take advantage of fall coming in and drinking more red. Please be safe and keep dreaming. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— a month ago

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David T

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Consistently beautiful wines from Ridge.

Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards

Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

Acidic but not as fruit forward, remember enjoying the 2013 more but still good. — 11 days ago

Ceritas

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Serious acidity, with some lemon and mineral. — 8 days ago

Daniel, Shay and 20 others liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Good energy but still shows too much unnecessary lipstick — 15 days ago

Hugh, Dean and 12 others liked this
WC Fields

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Was it too young?
Chris MacLean

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@WC Fields i didn’t get that impression. I’m sure the oak will integrate more in the next 2-3 years but my sense is this one will always seem a bit doctored up, at least to my palate.
WC Fields

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Noted. Thanks.

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Hillside Pinot Noir 2013

Woah. This is going to be outstanding. Now it’s simply great. Already had tons of good aromatics, but fruit is a little more focused on syrupy juicy cherry to dark cherry and doesn’t have enough other elements well developed. Great body and balance. Delicious, but definitely hold. — 20 days ago

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Galen Hasler

Galen Hasler

Drinking one bottle of 2013 every year will answer the predictions

Harrington

Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

So happy to rediscover this beauty showing off Brian’s exceptional skills and Santa Cruz Mountains’ beautiful soul . @Bryan Harrington — 20 days ago