Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.371 ratings
9.325 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Greg Koslosky

Great potential !

Great potential !

Jan 28th, 2018
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.5

From the American oak sarsaparilla on the nose all the way through to the fresh, lifted finish this subtle Cabernet was a California classic. This Monte Bello had first growth texture, mountain concentration and best of all, a laid back, unforced presentation.

From the American oak sarsaparilla on the nose all the way through to the fresh, lifted finish this subtle Cabernet was a California classic. This Monte Bello had first growth texture, mountain concentration and best of all, a laid back, unforced presentation.

Jun 21st, 2017
David L

04' Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello. Why do I not have a collection of these wines in my cellar? Is it because what's new and trending is a must buy? The latest and greatest new wineries/wines? Parker, Wine Spectator, ETC!?! Yes, I seem to be a victim of this somewhat also. Shame on me!

Monte Bello is just a great wine... year in & year out.

Decanting is a must! The nose - Floral/forest floor/blackberry. The palate is a wave of black cherry ,smokey, earthiness. Acidity throughout the glass. Moderate tannins. 15 years in it.

04' Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello. Why do I not have a collection of these wines in my cellar? Is it because what's new and trending is a must buy? The latest and greatest new wineries/wines? Parker, Wine Spectator, ETC!?! Yes, I seem to be a victim of this somewhat also. Shame on me!

Monte Bello is just a great wine... year in & year out.

Decanting is a must! The nose - Floral/forest floor/blackberry. The palate is a wave of black cherry ,smokey, earthiness. Acidity throughout the glass. Moderate tannins. 15 years in it.

Sep 22nd, 2016
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.6

One of the most elegant, poised and complete Cabernet based wines I have had from the oughts- not just from California, but anywhere. This was stupendous with grilled Stilton burgers!

One of the most elegant, poised and complete Cabernet based wines I have had from the oughts- not just from California, but anywhere. This was stupendous with grilled Stilton burgers!

Jun 29th, 2016
Mark Maruszak

Classic dark fruit, cassis, and dried cigar box on aroma that carries through into palate. Palate is well incorporated showing nice age, acidity helps to lighten the otherwise heavy cab blend.

Classic dark fruit, cassis, and dried cigar box on aroma that carries through into palate. Palate is well incorporated showing nice age, acidity helps to lighten the otherwise heavy cab blend.

Jul 7th, 2015
Harrison Fong

Quite enjoyable. Heavy acid which thins it out a little. The nose is glorious with black plum and cassis.

Quite enjoyable. Heavy acid which thins it out a little. The nose is glorious with black plum and cassis.

Dec 21st, 2014
Helen M Gaydos

Earthy, developed nose with black currants and cedar notes. Medium plus bodied, balanced in structure with a good finish.

Earthy, developed nose with black currants and cedar notes. Medium plus bodied, balanced in structure with a good finish.

Nov 28th, 2014
April Schlanger

Enjoying a 10 year old bottle with my husband of 10 years. Ridge Monte Bello. Lovely, elegant and still full of life.

Enjoying a 10 year old bottle with my husband of 10 years. Ridge Monte Bello. Lovely, elegant and still full of life.

Oct 9th, 2014