Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend

9.344 ratings
9.210 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
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
Top Notes For
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
Dave Smigielski

Everything is awesome when you're drinking monte bello

Everything is awesome when you're drinking monte bello

Dec 6th, 2014
Gordon Walker

Another week of 190X, another spectacular Cab from a legendary California wine maker. Lots of great red an black fruit, a hint of green, coconut, toasted oak, not overripe but totally delicious and well integrated wine. #UCDavis

Another week of 190X, another spectacular Cab from a legendary California wine maker. Lots of great red an black fruit, a hint of green, coconut, toasted oak, not overripe but totally delicious and well integrated wine. #UCDavis

Apr 22nd, 2014
Mike Jordan (MJ)

Corked

Mar 4th, 2016
Adam Rbe

Whelp....Probably opened too early, but hey, it’s Tuesday. On the nose some oiled leather, pencil lead, dark fruit. In the mouth, bigggg dark fruit, pencil shavings, rose hips. Strong mid-palate, solid acid, moderate tannins remaining. Long finish that goes on and on. Velvet glove - iron fist. Lovely. Needed a solid hour + to show well.

Whelp....Probably opened too early, but hey, it’s Tuesday. On the nose some oiled leather, pencil lead, dark fruit. In the mouth, bigggg dark fruit, pencil shavings, rose hips. Strong mid-palate, solid acid, moderate tannins remaining. Long finish that goes on and on. Velvet glove - iron fist. Lovely. Needed a solid hour + to show well.

Mar 10th, 2020
Carol Kellett

Still young but amazingly delicious!

Still young but amazingly delicious!

Jul 22nd, 2018
Justin Sun

Immediate plum notes. Super juicy.

Immediate plum notes. Super juicy.

Jan 14th, 2018
Lawrence Solum

Classic Ridge! Big luscious. 2008 perfect in 2017.

Classic Ridge! Big luscious. 2008 perfect in 2017.

Dec 16th, 2017
Cody Short

I feel like this is an an awkward phase right now. Still classic and wonderful but a bit flat at the moment. Needs another 10-20 yrs

I feel like this is an an awkward phase right now. Still classic and wonderful but a bit flat at the moment. Needs another 10-20 yrs

Jul 16th, 2017