Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Merlot

9.013 ratings
9.01 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Andrew

Deep purple color with youthful pink on the rim. Deep berry and plum smell; delicious deep berry and cherry taste, strong but smooth tannin; little to no astringency; light mineral quality as well. Very enjoyable, if not a gulp-after-gulp wine.

Deep purple color with youthful pink on the rim. Deep berry and plum smell; delicious deep berry and cherry taste, strong but smooth tannin; little to no astringency; light mineral quality as well. Very enjoyable, if not a gulp-after-gulp wine.

Apr 11th, 2019
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.4

Wow this is superlative stuff. Beautifully expressive old world nose. Abundant raisin, acid more prominent on the palate, plum, flowers, call me nuts but kind of reminds me of young nebbiolo​? Petroleum, cola finish. Quite a marriage of opposing flavor profiles. Great fluidity and vision.

Wow this is superlative stuff. Beautifully expressive old world nose. Abundant raisin, acid more prominent on the palate, plum, flowers, call me nuts but kind of reminds me of young nebbiolo​? Petroleum, cola finish. Quite a marriage of opposing flavor profiles. Great fluidity and vision.

Jun 9th, 2017
Renato Hoyle

Smooth. Drink now or hold

Smooth. Drink now or hold

Apr 3rd, 2017
Elyse Lichtenthal

My exception to the rule on Merlot! Beautiful wine. Vibrant, fruity, raisins, notable acid. Structured body, smooth finish. Was great now, but curious how it would drink after another couple of years.

My exception to the rule on Merlot! Beautiful wine. Vibrant, fruity, raisins, notable acid. Structured body, smooth finish. Was great now, but curious how it would drink after another couple of years.

May 27th, 2018
David Lincoln

Shut down and flat. Give it a few years.

Shut down and flat. Give it a few years.

Oct 30th, 2017
M
9.1

Earthy mushroom and cherry-berry bouquet. Tasting: Mostly cherry--a splash of blackberry, black tea, with limestone and oak on the finish, the latter sweetened a bit by the fruit. Well balanced tannins. In general, I am not a fan of straight merlot--and this bottle has not changed my opinion, but Ridge knows how to make it elegant.

Earthy mushroom and cherry-berry bouquet. Tasting: Mostly cherry--a splash of blackberry, black tea, with limestone and oak on the finish, the latter sweetened a bit by the fruit. Well balanced tannins. In general, I am not a fan of straight merlot--and this bottle has not changed my opinion, but Ridge knows how to make it elegant.

Jul 29th, 2017
Cody Short

Beautiful

Beautiful

May 29th, 2017
Mark Seeber

No vanilla or round fruit here...fresh and juicy fruit. Atypical Merlot. Very nice! Ridge Estate tasting #4

No vanilla or round fruit here...fresh and juicy fruit. Atypical Merlot. Very nice! Ridge Estate tasting #4

May 26th, 2016
Mo Salem

Mo had this a month ago

Mo had this a month ago

Jan 19th, 2020
Andrew Kienle

Andrew had this 9 months ago

Andrew had this 9 months ago

Jun 3rd, 2019