Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.41980 ratings
9.4595 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
Mike Saviage

Bright color, almost opaque. Big nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, walnuts, some menthol. Comes across as young in the mouth. Rich and voluptuous. Still young in its life. Amazing wine.

Bright color, almost opaque. Big nose. Notes of black cherries, plums, walnuts, some menthol. Comes across as young in the mouth. Rich and voluptuous. Still young in its life. Amazing wine.

Feb 8th, 2020
Elizabeth

Dried black fruits, m+ tannins, m acidity. Flavors of an old wine but not really integrating. Not a fan!

Dried black fruits, m+ tannins, m acidity. Flavors of an old wine but not really integrating. Not a fan!

Dec 7th, 2019
Andrew Lohse

Oh man. . . Finesse, intensity, depth, power. Savory herbs, black fruit, earth, mineral. This is singing at 20.

Oh man. . . Finesse, intensity, depth, power. Savory herbs, black fruit, earth, mineral. This is singing at 20.

Nov 6th, 2019
Max Reichwage

Very nice 2011 👌

Very nice 2011 👌

Oct 7th, 2019
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.7

Stellar. Many young vintages of this wine show their oak more than this. Sure there’s a coconut whiskey barrel note but more prominently incredibly smooth and supple tannins wrapped around cherry and plum notes with hints of dried herbs and graphite. Stunner. Drink now or hold for three decades or anywhere in between.

Stellar. Many young vintages of this wine show their oak more than this. Sure there’s a coconut whiskey barrel note but more prominently incredibly smooth and supple tannins wrapped around cherry and plum notes with hints of dried herbs and graphite. Stunner. Drink now or hold for three decades or anywhere in between.

Oct 1st, 2019
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