Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.231 ratings
9.25 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, 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
Jonathan Wall

My ‘Mercian wine for a happy 4th! And these exploded! The cab was very good. Initial nose was big, but the mid palate was thin, even watery. Finish brought it back. Threw it in a decanter and 6 hours later it came together with black currants, chocolate, and just enough oak to backbone without ruining it. Meanwhile we had the ridge Syrah behind it which is my happy place.

My ‘Mercian wine for a happy 4th! And these exploded! The cab was very good. Initial nose was big, but the mid palate was thin, even watery. Finish brought it back. Threw it in a decanter and 6 hours later it came together with black currants, chocolate, and just enough oak to backbone without ruining it. Meanwhile we had the ridge Syrah behind it which is my happy place.

Jul 5th, 2021
Boris Mathiszik

Classic cab. Delicious on the nose, mellow tannins but still well structured. Layers of cassis and red fruit. Nice acidity to balance. Long finish. I love this wine. I decanted, but this wine jumps right out of the bottle. Occasion: Major deal closed in the Covid19 Testing Space.

Classic cab. Delicious on the nose, mellow tannins but still well structured. Layers of cassis and red fruit. Nice acidity to balance. Long finish. I love this wine. I decanted, but this wine jumps right out of the bottle. Occasion: Major deal closed in the Covid19 Testing Space.

Aug 14th, 2020
Tobin Trevarthen

Young. Strong tannins. Evolved throughout the tasting, but will need some time in the bottle to blossom into what appears to be a well structured Bordeaux blend.

Young. Strong tannins. Evolved throughout the tasting, but will need some time in the bottle to blossom into what appears to be a well structured Bordeaux blend.

Jul 16th, 2019
Colleen Tomasello

Excellent cab. Nicely aged but could go more with no problem. Full bodied with light oak tones and a delectable richness in flavor. One of my favorites.

Excellent cab. Nicely aged but could go more with no problem. Full bodied with light oak tones and a delectable richness in flavor. One of my favorites.

Sep 16th, 2023
Pooneet K

Wonderful wine. In a great place with a 2+ hour decant and slight chill. The Bordeaux style really comes through here, but with a vibrancy and freshness to the fruit that is unique. Perfect with lamb chops. Delicious.

Wonderful wine. In a great place with a 2+ hour decant and slight chill. The Bordeaux style really comes through here, but with a vibrancy and freshness to the fruit that is unique. Perfect with lamb chops. Delicious.

Oct 3rd, 2021
Chris B.

Elegant, classy, fine... not an obnoxious fruit bomb at all (although unmistakably Californian). First impression was sun-dried flowers, cedar and sweetness but after drinking, it was a rounded mix of licorice, blackberries and chocolate custard. Tannins are chewy - you just want to keep drinking it.

Elegant, classy, fine... not an obnoxious fruit bomb at all (although unmistakably Californian). First impression was sun-dried flowers, cedar and sweetness but after drinking, it was a rounded mix of licorice, blackberries and chocolate custard. Tannins are chewy - you just want to keep drinking it.

Jul 5th, 2020
Bryan Lazorik

Perfect blend, cab heavy, for prime rib.

Perfect blend, cab heavy, for prime rib.

Oct 1st, 2019
Joe Davant

Bad photo, good wine. Dusty tannins, deep and multi-layered. A tiny bit vegetal at first with tart cherry notes, but time in glass allowed the deep blue fruits and cassis to come out. Paired well with a prime ribeye. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation @Bill Bender !!

Bad photo, good wine. Dusty tannins, deep and multi-layered. A tiny bit vegetal at first with tart cherry notes, but time in glass allowed the deep blue fruits and cassis to come out. Paired well with a prime ribeye. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation @Bill Bender !!

Sep 28th, 2019
Lance Williams

Tasted at the March 2019 Montebello Collector event

Tasted at the March 2019 Montebello Collector event

Mar 10th, 2019
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

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John had this 19 days ago

John had this 19 days ago

May 1st, 2024