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

(2008 Vintage) In the Santa Cruz Mountains, welcome spring rains delayed the start of our growing season. We thinned the already moderate crop, and warm October weather brought the fruit to ideal ripeness. Fifteen of the twenty-five parcels were chosen in February as most intense and most typical of the vineyard's character. They were assembled in three stages over the following months. Tannins are the biggest to date in the nineties, yet the fullness and complexity of the wine render them supple. Aged almost entirely in new, air-dried american oak, this is classic Monte Bello. Though approachable read more...now, the great '95 vintage will develop fully over the next fifteen to twenty years. (hide)

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...