Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.3135 ratings
9.319 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
Adam Knoerzer

Going to be a heretic and say I didn't love this. 🤷‍♂️

Going to be a heretic and say I didn't love this. 🤷‍♂️

Nov 9th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.8

Now that I've spent some time with this wine...I'm so enraptured by it. Absolutely the height of what California wine can do. Graphite, mint, herbaceous, mulling spices, anise, licorice. Tannins still incredibly powerful. Linear on the palate, giving a complete and unique vision. I simply cannot imagine a better wine.

Now that I've spent some time with this wine...I'm so enraptured by it. Absolutely the height of what California wine can do. Graphite, mint, herbaceous, mulling spices, anise, licorice. Tannins still incredibly powerful. Linear on the palate, giving a complete and unique vision. I simply cannot imagine a better wine.

Aug 18th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.0

Vertical: tannins mostly resolved. Old fruit on the nose, dusty, dried vanilla mid palate. Complex and some people would say at the height of it's game. I preferred the 05 with more backbone.

Vertical: tannins mostly resolved. Old fruit on the nose, dusty, dried vanilla mid palate. Complex and some people would say at the height of it's game. I preferred the 05 with more backbone.

Aug 15th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.6

The best of the vertical. Tannins still gripping the back end, mint, forest floor. Tremendous elegance with a youthful ferocity remaining. Just amazing.

The best of the vertical. Tannins still gripping the back end, mint, forest floor. Tremendous elegance with a youthful ferocity remaining. Just amazing.

Aug 15th, 2017
Austin Beeman

Very young - this is wine for the cellar. Dark spice, hints of green herbs. The nose is like walking into a Chinese herb shop. Crushed chalk. Plum skins. Texture is very smooth with deep hints of baking chocolate dusting. This is quite the thoroughbred Cabernet: Elegant, Pure, Pristine, and Powerful. $175 at winery.

Very young - this is wine for the cellar. Dark spice, hints of green herbs. The nose is like walking into a Chinese herb shop. Crushed chalk. Plum skins. Texture is very smooth with deep hints of baking chocolate dusting. This is quite the thoroughbred Cabernet: Elegant, Pure, Pristine, and Powerful. $175 at winery.

2 people found it helpfulOct 31st, 2015
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.3

For me, it’s always hard to tell exactly where a Wine will go. I’ve had old Monte Bello, and new Monte Bello, and the old is an intense, elegant, extraordinarily complex experience. This new vintage is utterly fantastic. It’s so complex with this steely minerality, spice, flowers, elegant refined tannins, burnt cedar and new American oak. But it’s such a baby. I’ve read this has a lifespan of 30-50 years, and I can believe it.

For me, it’s always hard to tell exactly where a Wine will go. I’ve had old Monte Bello, and new Monte Bello, and the old is an intense, elegant, extraordinarily complex experience. This new vintage is utterly fantastic. It’s so complex with this steely minerality, spice, flowers, elegant refined tannins, burnt cedar and new American oak. But it’s such a baby. I’ve read this has a lifespan of 30-50 years, and I can believe it.

1 person found it helpfulSep 7th, 2018
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.1

Tannic as hell! Restraint, concentrated, bursting earth and wild flavors. Total baby but still approachable.

Tannic as hell! Restraint, concentrated, bursting earth and wild flavors. Total baby but still approachable.

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2017
David Mountan

Way more easily drinkable than expected. Very smooth and complex at the same time. Yet still light and fruity. Was awesome on its own.

Way more easily drinkable than expected. Very smooth and complex at the same time. Yet still light and fruity. Was awesome on its own.

1 person found it helpfulNov 26th, 2015
Doug Adams

Nice legs. Very smooth, dark fruits ! Great legs! My first Ridge and I will have more!

Nice legs. Very smooth, dark fruits ! Great legs! My first Ridge and I will have more!

1 person found it helpfulMay 24th, 2014
Austin Hohnke

Pavarotti singing 'Nessun Dorma' in my mouth.

Pavarotti singing 'Nessun Dorma' in my mouth.

Aug 28th, 2016