Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.42226 ratings
9.4665 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
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, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Jay Kline

Flight #2 of our 1997 Retrospective and these were the thoroughbreds. Presented single-blind; no formal notes. Wine #2 had great color, was developing, fresh, focused, balanced; great structure. One of those glasses of wine you didn’t want to end and, for me, a tough call for favorite of the flight along with Wine #1. I vacillated between this being Dominus or Monte Bello; ultimately calling the former. This is in a beautiful phase of life. Monte Bello is one of those wines that needs decades to show its best. Drink now through 2040.

Flight #2 of our 1997 Retrospective and these were the thoroughbreds. Presented single-blind; no formal notes. Wine #2 had great color, was developing, fresh, focused, balanced; great structure. One of those glasses of wine you didn’t want to end and, for me, a tough call for favorite of the flight along with Wine #1. I vacillated between this being Dominus or Monte Bello; ultimately calling the former. This is in a beautiful phase of life. Monte Bello is one of those wines that needs decades to show its best. Drink now through 2040.

Feb 4th, 2024
Renato Hoyle

Needs 10 more years

Needs 10 more years

Dec 3rd, 2023
Renato Hoyle

Balanced. Young

Balanced. Young

Nov 23rd, 2023
Renato Hoyle

Tight. Vanilla

Tight. Vanilla

Nov 23rd, 2023
Lee Pitofsky

Fantastic young MB that really didn’t need much air. American Latour.

Fantastic young MB that really didn’t need much air. American Latour.

Oct 2nd, 2023
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.5

Insane nose. Palate is great too!

Insane nose. Palate is great too!

Sep 5th, 2023
Paco Suro

Outstanding. Great structure and balance.

Outstanding. Great structure and balance.

Aug 9th, 2023
George Chen

Damn…perfect cork, high neck, in my cellar maybe 2 decades! Had to move over 1000 bottles due to leak …found some fun stuff…agree with rest of pro comments…all there!

Damn…perfect cork, high neck, in my cellar maybe 2 decades! Had to move over 1000 bottles due to leak …found some fun stuff…agree with rest of pro comments…all there!

Jul 26th, 2023
Marcus L

We’ve held on to this one a while and it is well worth the wait.

We’ve held on to this one a while and it is well worth the wait.

Jan 1st, 2023
Mike Saviage

Taken to Merrimans in Waimea on the Big Island. Darkish tawny, not quite opaque. Notes of black cherry, tobacco leaf, cedar, plums, cigar box and some spice. Super silky. Paired perfectly with my ribeye. The waiter said it best, “Oooh… Yummy!”

Taken to Merrimans in Waimea on the Big Island. Darkish tawny, not quite opaque. Notes of black cherry, tobacco leaf, cedar, plums, cigar box and some spice. Super silky. Paired perfectly with my ribeye. The waiter said it best, “Oooh… Yummy!”

Dec 27th, 2022