Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.341 ratings
9.212 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Conrad Green

Oh, this is lovely and complex. Deep blackcurrant, sage, thyme. Iron and gorgeously supple fruit. This is better than almost all 90 Bordeaux I’ve had- it’s really, really good. Wow.

Oh, this is lovely and complex. Deep blackcurrant, sage, thyme. Iron and gorgeously supple fruit. This is better than almost all 90 Bordeaux I’ve had- it’s really, really good. Wow.

Jan 6th, 2019
Jimmy Hayes

Estate Director Mayacamas Vineyard

9.6

A classic. Drinking perfectly with years to go. Bramble. Rustic charm. Mountain structure and savory herb.

A classic. Drinking perfectly with years to go. Bramble. Rustic charm. Mountain structure and savory herb.

Mar 22nd, 2017
Nico J. Snyman

What a great benchmark for the capabilities of aged Californian, it's still quite intense & fruit driven, but has some great developed character all the same. Great wine.

What a great benchmark for the capabilities of aged Californian, it's still quite intense & fruit driven, but has some great developed character all the same. Great wine.

Jan 3rd, 2017
Nico J. Snyman

Still showing some ripeness of fruit, but these wines age so well, there is a little stewed fruit that is quite indicative of place, higher ABV than right bank also.

Still showing some ripeness of fruit, but these wines age so well, there is a little stewed fruit that is quite indicative of place, higher ABV than right bank also.

Oct 4th, 2016
Ted Kizor

'90 from 5 liter like it ain't no thing. Such depth and richness.

'90 from 5 liter like it ain't no thing. Such depth and richness.

Dec 16th, 2015
Matt Schwartz

Birth year monte bello for my birthday... Amazing, not at all tired, fantastic wine!

Birth year monte bello for my birthday... Amazing, not at all tired, fantastic wine!

Mar 4th, 2015
George Chen

Ridge ages so well...still 10-20 years left in this bottle!

Ridge ages so well...still 10-20 years left in this bottle!

Dec 26th, 2014
Fred Kindle

Sweetness indicates California, delicacy and structure points to Monte Bello. Gorgeous wine, love it.

Sweetness indicates California, delicacy and structure points to Monte Bello. Gorgeous wine, love it.

Dec 24th, 2017
Conrad Green

A lovely enticing broad and open nose. Brambles, red fruit, blood. Very own and yummy. Some lifted and enjoyable stuff... merlot? Gorgeous. Not austere at all.

A lovely enticing broad and open nose. Brambles, red fruit, blood. Very own and yummy. Some lifted and enjoyable stuff... merlot? Gorgeous. Not austere at all.

Jan 27th, 2017
Steve Haro

One of those great experiences. Menthol and eucalyptus and chocolate and smoke on the nose. Lots of life left with some stewed raspberry compote lingering on the palette with good mushroom and wet earth notes. The finish is long and strong and full of Indian spice.

One of those great experiences. Menthol and eucalyptus and chocolate and smoke on the nose. Lots of life left with some stewed raspberry compote lingering on the palette with good mushroom and wet earth notes. The finish is long and strong and full of Indian spice.

Apr 26th, 2016