Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4121 ratings
9.443 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Top Notes For
Mike Saviage

Reddish tawny color. Bright and translucent, lots of sediment. Silky nose. Notes of sweet currants, herbs, cedar box and plums. Perfectly balanced fruit and structure with integrated tannins. Boyz all guessed old world eg Latour. Fun to throw a ringer at them. (Bday dinner 11/13)

Reddish tawny color. Bright and translucent, lots of sediment. Silky nose. Notes of sweet currants, herbs, cedar box and plums. Perfectly balanced fruit and structure with integrated tannins. Boyz all guessed old world eg Latour. Fun to throw a ringer at them. (Bday dinner 11/13)

Aug 3rd, 2019
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.9

Okay, the best monte bello I've tasted ever. Exceptional purity, clean, not a drop of brett (hard to believe, I know) with notes of dried red/purple fruits over a background of tobacco and black truffle. Tannins are fully resolved.

Okay, the best monte bello I've tasted ever. Exceptional purity, clean, not a drop of brett (hard to believe, I know) with notes of dried red/purple fruits over a background of tobacco and black truffle. Tannins are fully resolved.

9 people found it helpfulFeb 24th, 2013
Jon Bonné

Wine Editor San Francisco Chronicle

9.5

Astonishing youth, from magnum. Snappy red fruit, tannins still fighting the good fight.

Astonishing youth, from magnum. Snappy red fruit, tannins still fighting the good fight.

3 people found it helpfulMar 7th, 2015
Katherine Bordelon

Court of Master Sommelier Guild member

9.4

One of the reasons I keep coming back to Chef Norman's 1921 in Mount Dora is for their interesting wine collection. One of the partners has been generously bringing in special bottles from his private collection. This one was beautifully aged and enjoyed by our guests.

One of the reasons I keep coming back to Chef Norman's 1921 in Mount Dora is for their interesting wine collection. One of the partners has been generously bringing in special bottles from his private collection. This one was beautifully aged and enjoyed by our guests.

Jul 10th, 2017
Mike Saviage

Ridge Wine Dinner. I brought this cloaked in a brown bag to share with the Ridge winemaker. He guessed late 80s which shows how long these wines can age. From a well stored bottle with an in to the neck fill. Old tawny color, translucent and clean. Linear nose with currant, saddle leather, old wood and dirty gravel stone. Perfectly balanced in the mouth with fruit that is slightly faded, but matched well with fully resolved tannins. With several hours of air a richness in the fruit developed that was extraordinary. Yet still some acidity and structure remains so this should stay in a nice drinking window for the foreseeable future. Winemaker Eric explained that based on inspection of the glass, the bottle I brought was one of the '78 MBs that was not rebottled due to a malo issue after initial bottling, which might explain how fresh it is versus other '78 MBs he said.

Ridge Wine Dinner. I brought this cloaked in a brown bag to share with the Ridge winemaker. He guessed late 80s which shows how long these wines can age. From a well stored bottle with an in to the neck fill. Old tawny color, translucent and clean. Linear nose with currant, saddle leather, old wood and dirty gravel stone. Perfectly balanced in the mouth with fruit that is slightly faded, but matched well with fully resolved tannins. With several hours of air a richness in the fruit developed that was extraordinary. Yet still some acidity and structure remains so this should stay in a nice drinking window for the foreseeable future. Winemaker Eric explained that based on inspection of the glass, the bottle I brought was one of the '78 MBs that was not rebottled due to a malo issue after initial bottling, which might explain how fresh it is versus other '78 MBs he said.

Feb 24th, 2017
Nico J. Snyman

Tried the '90 recently, spoke of how amazing a producer of Californian Cabernet it is, but just needed a little more time, this '85 is well & truly on point, everything is in balance, there's fruit intensity yes, but the development/complexity/layers are really shining through, outstanding stuff.

Tried the '90 recently, spoke of how amazing a producer of Californian Cabernet it is, but just needed a little more time, this '85 is well & truly on point, everything is in balance, there's fruit intensity yes, but the development/complexity/layers are really shining through, outstanding stuff.

Feb 8th, 2017
Alicia

Dried rose petals, orange peel, black tea, and red dirt. Lovely!

Dried rose petals, orange peel, black tea, and red dirt. Lovely!

Aug 21st, 2016
Ted Kizor

Damn! This is probably one of my top 2 Monte Bello experiences.dried black cherries, tobacco, crème caramel, a thin green line of pyrazines, smoked meats, black tea, walnut skin, cedar, mocha, and lots of well worn leather. Not tired in the slightest. What an amazing bottle. Good acid, suave developed grip. Wow!

Damn! This is probably one of my top 2 Monte Bello experiences.dried black cherries, tobacco, crème caramel, a thin green line of pyrazines, smoked meats, black tea, walnut skin, cedar, mocha, and lots of well worn leather. Not tired in the slightest. What an amazing bottle. Good acid, suave developed grip. Wow!

Jul 25th, 2016
Ksandek Podbielski

Woah.

May 16th, 2016
Marty Winters

Burfday

Burfday

Feb 28th, 2016