Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.41926 ratings
9.4585 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
LM Segal

Mind-blowingly good. Powerful, cassis-driven nose led a silky, layered tapestry of cedar, more cassis, old red cherry and fully resolved tannins. We didn’t decant but it faded from its peak within 30 mins of PnP, so drink up.

Mind-blowingly good. Powerful, cassis-driven nose led a silky, layered tapestry of cedar, more cassis, old red cherry and fully resolved tannins. We didn’t decant but it faded from its peak within 30 mins of PnP, so drink up.

Sep 13th, 2019
Mike Saviage

From magnum. Still deep reddish tawny, not showing much age. Great nose right from the start. Notes of dark fruit, blueberry, cassis, some menthol, slate and a little cedar wood. Silky in the mouth. Love this wine.

From magnum. Still deep reddish tawny, not showing much age. Great nose right from the start. Notes of dark fruit, blueberry, cassis, some menthol, slate and a little cedar wood. Silky in the mouth. Love this wine.

Sep 7th, 2019
Connor Smith

I believe Ridge is the greatest winery in America. My long-form case is at leduwines.com/blogs/connor/ridge 🇺🇸🍷

Full disclosure: they’re my home team! I’ve been hiking on Monte Bello ridge since I was a child, and took every opportunity I could do drive Skyline Boulevard while living in the Bay. It’s no wonder to me that these vines are so happy.

With the retirement of the great Paul Draper in 2016, three men - Eric Baugher, John Olney, and David Gates - have taken up stewardship of the legendary estate. All three have been with Ridge at least twenty years.

There is no doubt: the principles instilled by David Bennion and perfected by Paul Draper are alive and well. If anything, Ridge is entering yet another golden era, and will continue leading American wine toward its most authentic self.

Signature: Eric Baugher

I believe Ridge is the greatest winery in America. My long-form case is at leduwines.com/blogs/connor/ridge 🇺🇸🍷

Full disclosure: they’re my home team! I’ve been hiking on Monte Bello ridge since I was a child, and took every opportunity I could do drive Skyline Boulevard while living in the Bay. It’s no wonder to me that these vines are so happy.

With the retirement of the great Paul Draper in 2016, three men - Eric Baugher, John Olney, and David Gates - have taken up stewardship of the legendary estate. All three have been with Ridge at least twenty years.

There is no doubt: the principles instilled by David Bennion and perfected by Paul Draper are alive and well. If anything, Ridge is entering yet another golden era, and will continue leading American wine toward its most authentic self.

Signature: Eric Baugher

Aug 23rd, 2019
Roy Goble

Consistently good

Consistently good

Aug 14th, 2019
Mike Saviage

Last night in MT at the lake. Gave this several hours of air. Nice dark tawny color. Vibrant in the glass. The nose is great right away and stayed on point through the evening. Notes of black cherries, warm raspberries, old cedar, some plums and a little leather saddle. Rich and silky in the mouth. Velvet glove. Long finish. Great wine.

Last night in MT at the lake. Gave this several hours of air. Nice dark tawny color. Vibrant in the glass. The nose is great right away and stayed on point through the evening. Notes of black cherries, warm raspberries, old cedar, some plums and a little leather saddle. Rich and silky in the mouth. Velvet glove. Long finish. Great wine.

Jul 13th, 2019
Conrad Green

Light and fresh and minty with lucid mountain fruit and precision and strawberry meets iron flavors. A very crisp and gorgeous bottle.

Light and fresh and minty with lucid mountain fruit and precision and strawberry meets iron flavors. A very crisp and gorgeous bottle.

Jul 4th, 2019
Mike Saviage

PnP as a night cap. Dark brooding purple. Not showing much age in the glass. Rich fruit nose. Notes of black fruit, plums, rustic leather, herbs, and some oak. Cool embrace in the mouth. Silky. Went too fast to see what more air did for it.

PnP as a night cap. Dark brooding purple. Not showing much age in the glass. Rich fruit nose. Notes of black fruit, plums, rustic leather, herbs, and some oak. Cool embrace in the mouth. Silky. Went too fast to see what more air did for it.

Jun 28th, 2019
Conrad Green

Dark fresh fruit. A hint of green. Black cherry and leather. Very pure and long.

Dark fresh fruit. A hint of green. Black cherry and leather. Very pure and long.

Jun 5th, 2019
Renato Hoyle

World famous for a reason. Approachable now. Smooth balanced and long

World famous for a reason. Approachable now. Smooth balanced and long

May 17th, 2019
Conrad Green

Gorgeously lush and vibrant. Velvety minty fruit with a bit of oak and good length.

Gorgeously lush and vibrant. Velvety minty fruit with a bit of oak and good length.

May 8th, 2019