Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4108 ratings
9.529 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Tom Casagrande

From a Ridge mini vertical at a friend’s house. 08, 07, 06. This 06 is by far the most evolved. Nose is sweet with ripe, almost prune-tinged fruit. I hesitate to say prune because it has a bad connotation but this is really good. And at its peak. Lots of sweet, old library notes. Still a lot of tannin, but the flavors are revolved so don’t wait for more tannin to drop. A real pleasure-giver.

From a Ridge mini vertical at a friend’s house. 08, 07, 06. This 06 is by far the most evolved. Nose is sweet with ripe, almost prune-tinged fruit. I hesitate to say prune because it has a bad connotation but this is really good. And at its peak. Lots of sweet, old library notes. Still a lot of tannin, but the flavors are revolved so don’t wait for more tannin to drop. A real pleasure-giver.

Jun 13th, 2021
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
Boxer Briefs

Amazing. 07 got all the press as a vintage but for me 06’s are where it’s at. So much more going on underneath the surface, where the 07’s are very showy these are a complex beast. Dense fruit, firm tannins, the oak is fully integrated but provides a solid frame. Wine is incredible and has 20 years on the upswing. Ridge is currently selling these, not cheap but maybe the best wine in America and one of the best in the world

Amazing. 07 got all the press as a vintage but for me 06’s are where it’s at. So much more going on underneath the surface, where the 07’s are very showy these are a complex beast. Dense fruit, firm tannins, the oak is fully integrated but provides a solid frame. Wine is incredible and has 20 years on the upswing. Ridge is currently selling these, not cheap but maybe the best wine in America and one of the best in the world

Jul 7th, 2018
Scott Wren

Velvety smooth. Can taste the 20% Merlot in terms of smoothness. Ripe black fruit but not over the top.

Velvety smooth. Can taste the 20% Merlot in terms of smoothness. Ripe black fruit but not over the top.

Nov 28th, 2016
Steve Matthiasson

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

9.8

Minty, but packed with dark fruit; nice firm tannins and sharp acid, but balanced with luscious creaminess...this wine always strikes awe with me at how it can be so many different wines at once, yet so harmonious and complete at the same time.

Minty, but packed with dark fruit; nice firm tannins and sharp acid, but balanced with luscious creaminess...this wine always strikes awe with me at how it can be so many different wines at once, yet so harmonious and complete at the same time.

May 4th, 2015
Jeffrey Birkemeier

Sommelier/Beverage Director Casanova Restaurant

9.6

Magnum

Magnum

Apr 11th, 2015
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.4

Killer, seamless and rich without weight, earth and spice and deep mineral notes.

Killer, seamless and rich without weight, earth and spice and deep mineral notes.

Sep 28th, 2014
Steve Bachmann

Fantastic

Fantastic

Jul 11th, 2014
Mike Jordan (MJ)

Young but had to try.

Young but had to try.

Jun 9th, 2014
Christopher Bates

Master Sommelier, Owner/Winemaker Element Winery

9.7

Baby.

Baby.

May 16th, 2014