Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.580 ratings
9.522 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
Severn Goodwin

Nose has ripe blackberry, over-ripe black currant, dehydrated black cherry, moist prune, dried mint, old leather, old cedar, fresh cigar, ever so slight eucalyptus and milk chocolate powder.

Palate has velvety black fruits, blackberry/black cherry/plum, cedar, wet leather, wet volcanic rock, moist garden soil and wow what a finish, so long, so beautiful. Well cellared '96 CA should last forever! Medium tannins persist! Decanted 6H, more time would be appreciated, alas our last and only bottle, damn it.

Paired to Allen Bros. filets (Prime/Complete Trim) grilled to 127° then rested for 12m, perfectly medium rare; Toasted orzo with grilled squash and brussel sprouts with bacon. 🤤

An early Father's Day with my parents, so I don't have to compete with my Sister & Nephew's in 24 hours, plus we'll have the better wine. 🤞

Nose has ripe blackberry, over-ripe black currant, dehydrated black cherry, moist prune, dried mint, old leather, old cedar, fresh cigar, ever so slight eucalyptus and milk chocolate powder.

Palate has velvety black fruits, blackberry/black cherry/plum, cedar, wet leather, wet volcanic rock, moist garden soil and wow what a finish, so long, so beautiful. Well cellared '96 CA should last forever! Medium tannins persist! Decanted 6H, more time would be appreciated, alas our last and only bottle, damn it.

Paired to Allen Bros. filets (Prime/Complete Trim) grilled to 127° then rested for 12m, perfectly medium rare; Toasted orzo with grilled squash and brussel sprouts with bacon. 🤤

An early Father's Day with my parents, so I don't have to compete with my Sister & Nephew's in 24 hours, plus we'll have the better wine. 🤞

Jun 19th, 2021
Mike Saviage

Dark purple tawny color, opaque. Silky nose. Silky wine. Notes of black fruit, cedar, mocha, leather saddle and some sweet black cherries. Silky in the mouth. In a great spot. Great now but will likely last a couple of more decades.

Dark purple tawny color, opaque. Silky nose. Silky wine. Notes of black fruit, cedar, mocha, leather saddle and some sweet black cherries. Silky in the mouth. In a great spot. Great now but will likely last a couple of more decades.

Jan 7th, 2021
Mike Saviage

From magnum. Still deep reddish tawny, not showing much age. Great nose right from the start. Notes of dark fruit, blueberry, cassis, some menthol, slate and a little cedar wood. Silky in the mouth. Love this wine.

From magnum. Still deep reddish tawny, not showing much age. Great nose right from the start. Notes of dark fruit, blueberry, cassis, some menthol, slate and a little cedar wood. Silky in the mouth. Love this wine.

Sep 7th, 2019
Nick Davis

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Mar 6th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

96 Monte Bello. Just a beautiful wine, I won't even go into all the descriptors, if you've had Monte Bello before then this is everything you expect. Just singing on its 21st birthday.

96 Monte Bello. Just a beautiful wine, I won't even go into all the descriptors, if you've had Monte Bello before then this is everything you expect. Just singing on its 21st birthday.

1 person found it helpfulOct 15th, 2017
Mike Saviage

From magnum with 3 hours in the decanter. Nice deep purple. Opaque. Silky nose of plums, dark fruit, mocha and a little soil. Velvet texture in the mouth. Still young but developing complexity. Should age effortlessly for years to come

From magnum with 3 hours in the decanter. Nice deep purple. Opaque. Silky nose of plums, dark fruit, mocha and a little soil. Velvet texture in the mouth. Still young but developing complexity. Should age effortlessly for years to come

Jan 1st, 2017
Matt Krueger

From Magnum. Amazing. Still a baby and can go another 20

From Magnum. Amazing. Still a baby and can go another 20

Jul 15th, 2016
Christanna Honer

Vibrant and showing beautifully. Sun dried plums, dried red currant, stewed cherry, cocoa, licorice, vanilla bean, baked leather. Resolved tannin and beautifully integrated oak leading into a soft and silky palate, like fine vanilla bean woven into chocolate ganache. Lengthy and elegant. Hitting its stride.

Vibrant and showing beautifully. Sun dried plums, dried red currant, stewed cherry, cocoa, licorice, vanilla bean, baked leather. Resolved tannin and beautifully integrated oak leading into a soft and silky palate, like fine vanilla bean woven into chocolate ganache. Lengthy and elegant. Hitting its stride.

Jul 8th, 2016
BurgundyFan

Very good inferior to 1995

Very good inferior to 1995

Apr 17th, 2016
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

9.3

Best of last three bottles. Perfect juice. Cassis, leather, tobacco and dark fruit with spice. Can age longer but great now. Wish had more.

Best of last three bottles. Perfect juice. Cassis, leather, tobacco and dark fruit with spice. Can age longer but great now. Wish had more.

Jul 4th, 2015