Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.2125 ratings
9.133 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
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
Nathan Kandler

Winemaker Thomas Fogarty Winery

Baby monte

Baby monte

1 person found it helpfulMay 23rd, 2014
Martin Redmond

Aromas of cassis, blackberry, barrel spice, tobacco and dust. On the palate it's superbly balanced with layered blackberry, cassis, vanilla, and toasty oak flavors.Long finish. Well integrated sweet tannins. Essentially de-classified Monte Bello fruit. Great value! 2011 Vintage

Aromas of cassis, blackberry, barrel spice, tobacco and dust. On the palate it's superbly balanced with layered blackberry, cassis, vanilla, and toasty oak flavors.Long finish. Well integrated sweet tannins. Essentially de-classified Monte Bello fruit. Great value! 2011 Vintage

May 23rd, 2016
Donny Sebastiani

Owner, Don Sebastiani & Sons

9.2

Really cool wine. Elegant, not massive. But very ripe fruit. And lots of traditional cab flavors like olive, sourdough.

Really cool wine. Elegant, not massive. But very ripe fruit. And lots of traditional cab flavors like olive, sourdough.

Jan 1st, 2016
Bradford White

Last vintage I had was '81 and damn, it's such a pleasure to see this wine in its infancy as well.

Last vintage I had was '81 and damn, it's such a pleasure to see this wine in its infancy as well.

Dec 31st, 2015
Riccardo L.

Good stuff.

Good stuff.

Oct 19th, 2015
Scott Lauck

Great Cali cab blend. Dark cassis, blueberries, vanilla with cedar and spice.

Great Cali cab blend. Dark cassis, blueberries, vanilla with cedar and spice.

Feb 26th, 2015
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.9

Quite a bit of oak here, but in a few years time, this will sing.

Quite a bit of oak here, but in a few years time, this will sing.

Jan 3rd, 2015
Chantal Forthun

Winemaker Flowers Vineyard & Winery

8.9

Christmas dinner.

Christmas dinner.

Dec 26th, 2014
Steve Bachmann

Solid cab

Solid cab

Dec 12th, 2014