Original
49 Ratings
Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

Wine Description

(2010 Vintage) Inky ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, pipe tobacco and cedary oak aromas show superb clarity and energy. Sweet, penetrating cherry-cola and bitter chocolate flavors are deeply concentrated but lively, picking up woodsmoke, floral pastille and allspice nuances with air. Smooth, harmonious tannins build slowly on the finish.

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (2007 Vintage) Rating: 92+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/22/2011
  • Robert Parker
    (2006 Vintage) Rating: 94+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/22/2010
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2008 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2008 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/05.
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage) "Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Monte Bello should be one of the all-time greats made at this estate. It offers a dense purple color, an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, black fruits, and a hint of oak. It also has an unctuous texture. As with all rich wines, the oak component plays a complementary role in the wine’s nuances. A seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol is found...