Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend

9.2299 ratings
9.261 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Top Notes For
Robert McCall

Wow. This is still very youthful by most standards. Berry pie, mild oak, floral, herbal note. Silky smooth tannin leads the way to rich dark fruit and spice/cracked pepper. Good lengthy finish too. Still bright and brooding at 10 years old. Better than anticipated.

Wow. This is still very youthful by most standards. Berry pie, mild oak, floral, herbal note. Silky smooth tannin leads the way to rich dark fruit and spice/cracked pepper. Good lengthy finish too. Still bright and brooding at 10 years old. Better than anticipated.

Feb 9th, 2020
Victor Charcan

Expressive nose of dark chocolate, blackberries, plums, pencil lead, hints of mint. A bit more mediterranean than usual. Mouthful, long, balsamic, complex

Expressive nose of dark chocolate, blackberries, plums, pencil lead, hints of mint. A bit more mediterranean than usual. Mouthful, long, balsamic, complex

Dec 31st, 2019
Ian Staub

Thrilled to finally try this legend of a wine. This has all of the calling cards of big Cali cabs- plum, currant, eucalyptus, herbs, cedar - with an incredible balance of acid and velvety tannin, and only 13.3% alcohol. Long complex finish, super drinkable, but with some edge. Drank with a peppery hanger steak.

Thrilled to finally try this legend of a wine. This has all of the calling cards of big Cali cabs- plum, currant, eucalyptus, herbs, cedar - with an incredible balance of acid and velvety tannin, and only 13.3% alcohol. Long complex finish, super drinkable, but with some edge. Drank with a peppery hanger steak.

Mar 11th, 2018
Jim Morris

Hospitality St. Anne's Crossing Winery

9.5

This is a stellar wine. Has held its fruit fabulously.

This is a stellar wine. Has held its fruit fabulously.

Jan 1st, 2018
Hermes Cuello

Superb wine!! Perfect to watch the fight tonight!

Superb wine!! Perfect to watch the fight tonight!

Aug 27th, 2017
Austin Beeman

Black fruit with pleasantly dusty herbs. Pure black currant. Pure waves of rolling spice that grows with time. Not cheap, but great value for money. $50 at winery.

Black fruit with pleasantly dusty herbs. Pure black currant. Pure waves of rolling spice that grows with time. Not cheap, but great value for money. $50 at winery.

1 person found it helpfulOct 31st, 2015
Grant Simpson

Lots of mountain fruit, predominately blue, gravel, eucalyptus or mint, and herbs. Seriously good juice, would be even better in abt 5 years!

Lots of mountain fruit, predominately blue, gravel, eucalyptus or mint, and herbs. Seriously good juice, would be even better in abt 5 years!

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2015
Robert McCall

Oh heeelll yeah. Aromas soar from the bottle upon popping the cork. A closer sniff initially reveals the familiar Ridge notes of dark fruit and American oak. 45 min decant provided it space to really open up revealing its dark fruit and tobacco notes. Smooth tannin and ample acidity added structure to round out this wonderful wine. Not the most complex per se but wow, what a great bottle nonetheless. Paired perfectly with our wild boar and roasted potatoes. Wow.

Oh heeelll yeah. Aromas soar from the bottle upon popping the cork. A closer sniff initially reveals the familiar Ridge notes of dark fruit and American oak. 45 min decant provided it space to really open up revealing its dark fruit and tobacco notes. Smooth tannin and ample acidity added structure to round out this wonderful wine. Not the most complex per se but wow, what a great bottle nonetheless. Paired perfectly with our wild boar and roasted potatoes. Wow.

Feb 25th, 2017
Stefan Dolhain

Dark red, no evolution. At first very herbal, restrained, fruit hardly noticeable. Tastes lean and tough. Wild decanting does miracles for this wine though.After an hour more impressive, with ripe black fruit emerging, complex spices and fresh acidity.Tasted it again the next day and it was unexpectedly very oxidised. A bit puzzled by this one.

Dark red, no evolution. At first very herbal, restrained, fruit hardly noticeable. Tastes lean and tough. Wild decanting does miracles for this wine though.After an hour more impressive, with ripe black fruit emerging, complex spices and fresh acidity.Tasted it again the next day and it was unexpectedly very oxidised. A bit puzzled by this one.

Oct 19th, 2016
Yotam Sharon

Consulting Winemaker Gvaot, Miles, Alona; Blogger yotamsharon.com

9.2

Fresh, precise, almost crisp. As far removed from Napa as you'll get in California. Lovely.

Fresh, precise, almost crisp. As far removed from Napa as you'll get in California. Lovely.

Jun 13th, 2016