Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.460 ratings
9.420 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Drew Dodson

Birth year and still fantastic!

Birth year and still fantastic!

May 23rd, 2016
Austin Hohnke

Birth year Montebello at Ridge Lytton Springs. What a gorgeous wine that is peaking out. Lots of barnyard and farm notes. Diminished fruit quality and 12.9% alc. Leather, tobacco, and wonderfully textured rustic fruit. Superb.

Birth year Montebello at Ridge Lytton Springs. What a gorgeous wine that is peaking out. Lots of barnyard and farm notes. Diminished fruit quality and 12.9% alc. Leather, tobacco, and wonderfully textured rustic fruit. Superb.

May 23rd, 2016
Austin Beeman

Tasted with finest provenance - direct at the winery. A beautiful and perfect mature version of Monte Bello that has transformed into the kind of secondary aromas and flavors you most likely find in fine Bordeaux. The color is an attractive medium-light red with a hint of amber at the edges. The nose is all red apple skins and the bright earthy aromas of the forrest floor in Fall. Palate is herbal with tea and rose petals, herbs, and tobacco. Fruit isn't gone, but overwhelmed by the complexity of the other elements. Finish in long (about 60 seconds) and echoes the complexity of the palate.One of the finest "Old California" wines I've yet tasted. A revelation that shows Monte Bello to be a European wine trapped in a California label. $400 Winery Retail. www.austinbeeman.com

Tasted with finest provenance - direct at the winery. A beautiful and perfect mature version of Monte Bello that has transformed into the kind of secondary aromas and flavors you most likely find in fine Bordeaux. The color is an attractive medium-light red with a hint of amber at the edges. The nose is all red apple skins and the bright earthy aromas of the forrest floor in Fall. Palate is herbal with tea and rose petals, herbs, and tobacco. Fruit isn't gone, but overwhelmed by the complexity of the other elements. Finish in long (about 60 seconds) and echoes the complexity of the palate.One of the finest "Old California" wines I've yet tasted. A revelation that shows Monte Bello to be a European wine trapped in a California label. $400 Winery Retail. www.austinbeeman.com

Mar 18th, 2016
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.1

Earthy, herbal and cassis - impressed with its development but still fresh

Earthy, herbal and cassis - impressed with its development but still fresh

Oct 17th, 2015
Jimmy Hayes

Estate Director Mayacamas Vineyard

9.3

A lovely wine. Mid-weight, full of character. Earth driven, very spicy. Lots of red plum, tobacco and herbs.

A lovely wine. Mid-weight, full of character. Earth driven, very spicy. Lots of red plum, tobacco and herbs.

Oct 10th, 2015
Davis Smith

Sommelier Acquerello

8.6

Birth-year Monte Bello and roast chicken before heading back to work tomorrow. Dried cherries and plums, mint and roasted poblano with herbs.

Birth-year Monte Bello and roast chicken before heading back to work tomorrow. Dried cherries and plums, mint and roasted poblano with herbs.

Dec 30th, 2014
Chris Juelsgaard

Classic; a wonderful balance of vibrancy and the character from age.

Classic; a wonderful balance of vibrancy and the character from age.

Dec 1st, 2014
Marshall Parrish

Really great. Magnums make a difference. My first real magnum.

Really great. Magnums make a difference. My first real magnum.

Jan 18th, 2014
Freddy Foot

Sommelier Restaurant Gary Danko

8.9

Out if Mag and looking plump and ready!

Out if Mag and looking plump and ready!

Jun 5th, 2013
Collin-Peter Casey

Northern California Sales Manager Weygandt-Metzler Importing

9.5

Dope

Dope

Feb 10th, 2013