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37 Ratings
Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains
$170.00 USD
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Wine Description

(2000 Vintage) The Monte Bello (originally Monte Bello Cabernet; until 1975, 100% cabernet) is the wine that introduced Ridge to the world, and the world to Ridge. It is a blend of bordeaux varietals. Cabernet sauvignon still predominates; exhaustive tasting of test blends during assemblage determines how much—if any—merlot, petit verdot, or cabernet franc will be included in the finished wine. Almost every vintage (an unbroken chain from '62 on) has something substantive to recommend it. Every decade has its h...

Expert Reviews
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  • 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
    (2007 Vintage) Rating: 92+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/22/2011
  • 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...