Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.43 ratings
9.61 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
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9.6

Full, bright ruby-red. Initially reserved, youthful nose opened slowly to reveal aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate, graphite, tobacco and spices. Wonderfully ripe, almost liqueur-like on entry, then plush and thick but vibrant in the middle, with highly concentrated black fruit, bitter chocolate, tobacco and mineral flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity. A wonderfully complete, sweet, youthful wine with the added creaminess--but no loss of energy--from a strong dollop of Merlot. This was the 40th anniversary bottling for this California classic, and its listed alcohol of 14.2% was the highest to date. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and outstanding persistence. In the context of Monte Bello, this wine is remarkably ripe, sweet and rich, and it should still go on in a cool cellar for at least another couple decades. (the 40th anniversary bottling for this wine) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2020)

Full, bright ruby-red. Initially reserved, youthful nose opened slowly to reveal aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate, graphite, tobacco and spices. Wonderfully ripe, almost liqueur-like on entry, then plush and thick but vibrant in the middle, with highly concentrated black fruit, bitter chocolate, tobacco and mineral flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity. A wonderfully complete, sweet, youthful wine with the added creaminess--but no loss of energy--from a strong dollop of Merlot. This was the 40th anniversary bottling for this California classic, and its listed alcohol of 14.2% was the highest to date. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and outstanding persistence. In the context of Monte Bello, this wine is remarkably ripe, sweet and rich, and it should still go on in a cool cellar for at least another couple decades. (the 40th anniversary bottling for this wine) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2020)

Jun 25th, 2020
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.7

Our K&L Redwood City staff party at LB steak was fantastic- nothing smaller than magnum allowed! This double mag has been in our cellar since release and has hardly moved at all! Big, powerful, Mountain fruit!

Our K&L Redwood City staff party at LB steak was fantastic- nothing smaller than magnum allowed! This double mag has been in our cellar since release and has hardly moved at all! Big, powerful, Mountain fruit!

3 people found it helpfulMar 3rd, 2014
Ted Rutledge

Pure and beautiful classic napa. Very good

Pure and beautiful classic napa. Very good

Dec 30th, 2015
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.8

Ripe, balanced black fruit and tart currant masterpiece of Cali Cab! This was fabulous with Dittmers prime top sirloin!

Ripe, balanced black fruit and tart currant masterpiece of Cali Cab! This was fabulous with Dittmers prime top sirloin!

Oct 23rd, 2013
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.7

Magnum time!

Magnum time!

Jun 30th, 2013
Raj Harb

Another powerhouse vintage. Opulent. Tremendous structure. This wine will go on for another 30 years. For many it was the wine of the night. I preferred the 96 in style.

Another powerhouse vintage. Opulent. Tremendous structure. This wine will go on for another 30 years. For many it was the wine of the night. I preferred the 96 in style.

Jan 21st, 2018
Robert Ulrich

Rich, round black currant fruit. Dark garnet with just a touch of bricking. Great balance with velvety mouthfeel and med tannins. Fantastic.

Rich, round black currant fruit. Dark garnet with just a touch of bricking. Great balance with velvety mouthfeel and med tannins. Fantastic.

Jun 23rd, 2017
Lewis Chester

2001 vintage in Double Magnum at Boca Di Lupo. This has to be among the greatest Californian wines I have drunk. Deep ruby hue. Full concentration of graphite, black cherry and coffee aromas, cedar wood and char. Leather, saddlewood and Earth. Hugely complex and developing in the glass. On the palate, balanced and smooth, medium acidity, ripe fruits, medium plus body, full concentration, lush fine grained tannins. Very long. In this format, the wine sings, and the fruit is still present in droves suggesting that the bottle is maturing slowly.. Drink now until 2030+. Scoring on the nose was simple: it's a clearly 100 point wine in every sense. On the palate, It didn't live up to the reputation of the wonderful nose, and those slight shortcomings drop the mark down a few percentage points. A magnificent effort.. Outstanding. 98/100.

2001 vintage in Double Magnum at Boca Di Lupo. This has to be among the greatest Californian wines I have drunk. Deep ruby hue. Full concentration of graphite, black cherry and coffee aromas, cedar wood and char. Leather, saddlewood and Earth. Hugely complex and developing in the glass. On the palate, balanced and smooth, medium acidity, ripe fruits, medium plus body, full concentration, lush fine grained tannins. Very long. In this format, the wine sings, and the fruit is still present in droves suggesting that the bottle is maturing slowly.. Drink now until 2030+. Scoring on the nose was simple: it's a clearly 100 point wine in every sense. On the palate, It didn't live up to the reputation of the wonderful nose, and those slight shortcomings drop the mark down a few percentage points. A magnificent effort.. Outstanding. 98/100.

Oct 11th, 2016
Ira Schwartz

I gave myself a smack to the back of the head and rightfully so. Idiot open more of my Cali cabs. A great mixture of all the good things that is California, cassis, black currant, earth and cedar. Big and powerful but not a hair out of place.

I gave myself a smack to the back of the head and rightfully so. Idiot open more of my Cali cabs. A great mixture of all the good things that is California, cassis, black currant, earth and cedar. Big and powerful but not a hair out of place.

Jan 8th, 2016
David Nussbaum

Provides "lady wood" to the Flying Shariati sisters. This was a heavenly magnum- smooth balance and berries exploding!

Provides "lady wood" to the Flying Shariati sisters. This was a heavenly magnum- smooth balance and berries exploding!

Dec 10th, 2015