Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.2412 ratings
9.286 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.0

Very good. There was this volatile acidity bite to it that I didn’t like. On the whole very good. Overpriced.

Very good. There was this volatile acidity bite to it that I didn’t like. On the whole very good. Overpriced.

Oct 9th, 2019
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.0

Classic impression of California

Classic impression of California

Mar 9th, 2019
Boxer Briefs

Great wine. Distinct Ridge barrel profile. Vanilla and baking spice, tobacco...Absolutely pure fruit but definitely got the fruit ripe in a cold year. I love good 11’s, this wine is incredibly elegant with power. Really incredible balance, going to age for a long time because of the acid, ripeness and barrel. Baby Monte Bello, you cant ask for anything more in a wine for the price. One of the best values in California wine.

Great wine. Distinct Ridge barrel profile. Vanilla and baking spice, tobacco...Absolutely pure fruit but definitely got the fruit ripe in a cold year. I love good 11’s, this wine is incredibly elegant with power. Really incredible balance, going to age for a long time because of the acid, ripeness and barrel. Baby Monte Bello, you cant ask for anything more in a wine for the price. One of the best values in California wine.

Feb 6th, 2019
Daniel P. Drake

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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Sep 23rd, 2018
Jeff Collins

Owner Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants and Benchmark Provisions

9.0

Gonna be better with a few years in the cellar.

Gonna be better with a few years in the cellar.

May 31st, 2018
Renato Hoyle

Bold but beautiful. Drinking nice now but could go another 10.

Bold but beautiful. Drinking nice now but could go another 10.

Apr 18th, 2018
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.5

This is absolutely gorgeous. Black tea, licorice root, graphite, smoke, burnt popcorn kernel, musty Bordeaux style. Tremendous structure, dusty chalk and dynamic acidity, especially for California Cabernet. Black pepper, heat and severity with tremendous nuance and quite a set of balls. Baby Monte Bello...all of the complexity with a little less of the weight.

This is absolutely gorgeous. Black tea, licorice root, graphite, smoke, burnt popcorn kernel, musty Bordeaux style. Tremendous structure, dusty chalk and dynamic acidity, especially for California Cabernet. Black pepper, heat and severity with tremendous nuance and quite a set of balls. Baby Monte Bello...all of the complexity with a little less of the weight.

Dec 25th, 2017
Severn Goodwin

Ridge Vineyards Dinner; 15 December 2017 at Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA

Ridge Vineyards Dinner; 15 December 2017 at Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA

Dec 16th, 2017
Nathan Kandler

Winemaker Thomas Fogarty Winery

Baby monte

Baby monte

1 person found it helpfulMay 23rd, 2014
Ben David

Nose: slightly smokey; cherry; taste: cherry, slight berry, light

Nose: slightly smokey; cherry; taste: cherry, slight berry, light

1 person found it helpfulDec 2nd, 2013