Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.42053 ratings
9.4620 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.4

Comes on with time. Cassis, forest floor. Hint of peppermint. Spot on balance. Long. Eric Asimov/Paul Draper/ FFCoppela / Corison webinar

Comes on with time. Cassis, forest floor. Hint of peppermint. Spot on balance. Long. Eric Asimov/Paul Draper/ FFCoppela / Corison webinar

Jan 21st, 2021
Mike Saviage

Dark purple tawny color, opaque. Silky nose. Silky wine. Notes of black fruit, cedar, mocha, leather saddle and some sweet black cherries. Silky in the mouth. In a great spot. Great now but will likely last a couple of more decades.

Dark purple tawny color, opaque. Silky nose. Silky wine. Notes of black fruit, cedar, mocha, leather saddle and some sweet black cherries. Silky in the mouth. In a great spot. Great now but will likely last a couple of more decades.

Jan 7th, 2021
Chris McClellan

Absolutely incredible..well integrated tannins..blackberry/blackcherry/plum, ripe, leather, anise, mint, green herbs..spice, dill weed, vanilla..very long finish with incredible fruit..delicious..paired with filet/ribeye..

Absolutely incredible..well integrated tannins..blackberry/blackcherry/plum, ripe, leather, anise, mint, green herbs..spice, dill weed, vanilla..very long finish with incredible fruit..delicious..paired with filet/ribeye..

Jan 4th, 2021
Renato Hoyle

Too young but drinkable now. Balanced and very long. Try around 2025.

Too young but drinkable now. Balanced and very long. Try around 2025.

Jan 3rd, 2021
"Odedi"

To bring in the New Year, here is a delicious wine, one of California's icons. Happy New Year to all of you.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, dark coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, pencil lead, light vegetables, coffee and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet blend from California. Showing great complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

This 13 year old is a delicious Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and engaging, with a tangy finish that makes it interesting.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins and become its own.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers. A good wine to pair with BBQ Meats.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Drinking very nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in mostly American oak barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$230 (current vintage).

To bring in the New Year, here is a delicious wine, one of California's icons. Happy New Year to all of you.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, dark coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, pencil lead, light vegetables, coffee and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet blend from California. Showing great complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

This 13 year old is a delicious Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and engaging, with a tangy finish that makes it interesting.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins and become its own.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers. A good wine to pair with BBQ Meats.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Drinking very nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in mostly American oak barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$230 (current vintage).

Dec 31st, 2020
Rodney Rosser

2009 from magnum - needed 5 hours to blow off a bit of bretty funk- then earthy forest floor laiden fruit shown thru

2009 from magnum - needed 5 hours to blow off a bit of bretty funk- then earthy forest floor laiden fruit shown thru

Dec 10th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of 68% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 2% Cab Franc, dark Ruby with aromas of ripe dark red fruits, cigar-box spice, floral and cedar notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black cherry with notes of licorice, pepper, vanilla and toasty spice. Fine tannins, integrating well with oak, good overall balance, long finish ending with fruit, floral and sweet oak. Great now, still has long aging potential left!

A blend of 68% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 2% Cab Franc, dark Ruby with aromas of ripe dark red fruits, cigar-box spice, floral and cedar notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black cherry with notes of licorice, pepper, vanilla and toasty spice. Fine tannins, integrating well with oak, good overall balance, long finish ending with fruit, floral and sweet oak. Great now, still has long aging potential left!

Oct 9th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Dark tawny. Opaque. Rich silky fruit nose. Notes of rich black cherries, currants and plums, tobacco leaf, leather saddle and herbs. Silky in the mouth, almost like an aged Syrah. In a great spot. Love this MB vintage. Love this wine.

Dark tawny. Opaque. Rich silky fruit nose. Notes of rich black cherries, currants and plums, tobacco leaf, leather saddle and herbs. Silky in the mouth, almost like an aged Syrah. In a great spot. Love this MB vintage. Love this wine.

Sep 7th, 2020
LM Segal

Incredibly pure fruit with the graphite and cigar box of a sweet young Bordeaux. Powerful, lithe, dark red and black fruit. Perfectly integrated oak. Lovely.

Incredibly pure fruit with the graphite and cigar box of a sweet young Bordeaux. Powerful, lithe, dark red and black fruit. Perfectly integrated oak. Lovely.

Sep 1st, 2020
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.0

Nose of moss, dill and bark bramble fruit. A little hard on the palate it very nice nevertheless.

Nose of moss, dill and bark bramble fruit. A little hard on the palate it very nice nevertheless.

Jul 16th, 2020