Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.243 ratings
9.38 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
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
Andrew Scherer

Gorgeous mountain style cab. A great lift on the mid palate that stops this from being heavy. Oak, fruit, and the tertiary notes of mint, minerality, and soft organic earth are all in harmony. Brilliant now. Can't wait to see where this goes.
Structure is excellent - bright acid, present but not gristly tannin.

Gorgeous mountain style cab. A great lift on the mid palate that stops this from being heavy. Oak, fruit, and the tertiary notes of mint, minerality, and soft organic earth are all in harmony. Brilliant now. Can't wait to see where this goes.
Structure is excellent - bright acid, present but not gristly tannin.

Jul 10th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

8.7

It's very hard to tell this one because I feel like it's a baby. Somehow softer than the Merlot! New American oak on the nose that quickly dissipates. Young but concentrated. Gorgeous color. Juicy berry fruit, shocking restraint, vanilla cola finish, sticky tannins​.

It's very hard to tell this one because I feel like it's a baby. Somehow softer than the Merlot! New American oak on the nose that quickly dissipates. Young but concentrated. Gorgeous color. Juicy berry fruit, shocking restraint, vanilla cola finish, sticky tannins​.

Jun 9th, 2017
Renato Hoyle

Dry, tannic. Needs time

Dry, tannic. Needs time

Apr 3rd, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.2

Definitely young. Would love to hold this for 10 years. Tannic, somewhat vegetal with some black fruit. Lovely and extremely elegant.

Definitely young. Would love to hold this for 10 years. Tannic, somewhat vegetal with some black fruit. Lovely and extremely elegant.

Sep 5th, 2016
Jennifer DiDomizio

Dark fruit, black raspberry, pencil led, licorice, layered, velvety tannin.

Dark fruit, black raspberry, pencil led, licorice, layered, velvety tannin.

Dec 20th, 2014
Cheryl Green

Smooth and silky, dark fruit and leather.. Delicious.

Smooth and silky, dark fruit and leather.. Delicious.

Jan 10th, 2019
Jeff Dunn

French musty bomb!

French musty bomb!

Nov 22nd, 2018
Andy

Found 2 of these for $45ea, good buys IMO, great cab dominate blend. First time having Ridge Cab.

Found 2 of these for $45ea, good buys IMO, great cab dominate blend. First time having Ridge Cab.

Feb 22nd, 2017