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 Vintage1993 Label 1 of 70 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 1994 vintage.)
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
VineyardMonte Bello
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2014 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 49 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by nc99 on 5/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted the wine and drank it over a three hour dinner. Plums, tobacco, and ink on the nose. The palate was very smooth with a lovely tea leaf after taste. It had the finness. It tasted younger than its actual vintage. The wine evolved nicely throughout the night. At one point, it tasted like a 10 year old barolo to me. In a very good drinking window now. No point to wait. (620 views)
 Tasted by karl_ek on 5/25/2015: Tasted along with '79 Lafite-Rothschild, '83 Margaux, '89 Latour, '94 Petrus and '98 Haut-Brion.

Clear, medium intensity ruby color.

The nose is developing with a medium(+) aroma intensity. Aromas of pure, dense black fruit. Fresh cassis and plums. There is lots of new oak with expensive vanilla, mocha, cold espresso and money. Sweet spice, new leather, cigars, grass and some floral notes of violets. This is deep, massive but a bit too much.

Dry on the palate with a medium acidity, medium(+) body and medium(+) rugged tannins. The flavor intensity is medium(+) with massive, sweet black fruit. Baked plums, expensive vanilla, fudge and leather. The finish is medium(+).

Well, this wine is clearly of outstanding quality but in tonights line-up it was out-staged. It lacked that elegance and finesse that one could find in the Bordeaux wines. However, it was fun to taste and this is a great bottle of Cab which drinking very well right now. (434 views)
 Tasted by Lilja on 5/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Not as good as I remember, or a less good bottle. In my opinion (I know others thought otherwise) this could not match the Bordeaux Premier Crus in the flight.

In fact it stood out like a sore thumb, and there was no doubt about this being the one wine that wasn't a Bordeaux.

Medium++ intense nose with aromas of raisins, corn on the cob, butter, tomato juice, rubber, blackcurrant jello, mint and a bit of ceder wood.

Medium+ acidity, very dry with grippy tannins. Even though its distinctly dry on the palate, the fruit that is there is very raisiny and dried. A good medium+ intensity and a long finish. The quality is there taste-wise, but I would have wanted a bit more complexity on the nose.

Nevertheless very fun to try again! (490 views)
 Tasted by pismo45 on 2/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Nicely balanced mostly towards the red fruit side. Not a lot of complexity. Not past peak, maybe it needs another 10 years. Just not a lot of enjoyment in it other than a good hit of cabernet. (925 views)
 Tasted by kopke on 1/20/2015 & rated 94 points: Il avait un fruit plus mur et un élevage plus marquée que le Sociando 1989 bu côté à côte malgré tout seulement 12.9 degré d'alcool. (1000 views)
 Tasted by Villon on 1/18/2015 & rated 94 points: Plus riche et concentré que le Sociando-Mallet 1989 bu à côté, mais tout aussi épanoui et fin. (874 views)
 Tasted by Mascarello59 on 5/18/2014 & rated 93 points: Cassis, tobacco mint on the nose. Develops for 2-3 h and then starts to fade. A wonderful wine that drinks perfectly now. (2066 views)
 Tasted by Lilja on 5/16/2014: Did not taste blind, so I won't score.

Starts of younger than I expected, and before looking at the bottle properly I for a while thought it was late 90's. After a while the mature notes turn up. Raisins and figs together with leather, tobacco and plenty of Bordeaux markers.
Dry with round tannins, but absolutely not dried out. Good acidity, and a really long finish.

Drinks good now, but probably better a few years ago. (1963 views)
 Tasted by Leigh Johnson on 4/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Limpid crimson, wonderfully expressive nose from the off, slight note of vanilla oak, rich plums, mint and a hint of violets. So youthful, rich, pronounced flavour that really opened up in the glass. Great balance. Nice acidity, fresh and lifted. Very fine, well integrated tannins. Damsons, blackcurrents, merest touch of vanilla, tea. All very youthful with years of life ahead of it. Long, long finish. Enjoyed over 4 hours and it just got better and better. A complete wine in every sense. Bravo! (1852 views)
 Tasted by ronte bello on 2/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Bottle 1 - bouquet so funky and taste off that we opened bottle 2. While the wine was showing its age, it is a good Monte Bello.

We took the funky bottle 1 home and two days later it was very drinkable and very good. (1771 views)
 Tasted by LFCHALA on 12/20/2013 & rated 93 points: Confraria Dezembro 2013 (Agnelo - São Paulo - SP - Brasil): What elegance! Silky. Balanced. Tannins resolved. Californian signature (2264 views)
 Tasted by Bandreas on 10/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Tasted at the 2013 New York Wine Experience
This wine was quite mature and soft.
. On palate curiously unexciting, lacking complexity.
Too old? (1461 views)
 Tasted by JJA on 10/24/2013 & rated 94 points: I tried this at the Wine Spectator NY Wine Experience. Seamless, elegant. An outstanding wine.

Had a nice chat with Paul Draper - an amazing story and person. (1513 views)
 Tasted by iamandyc on 2/10/2013 & rated 94 points: Awesome wine that still tasted young. Cork was perfect. Deep violet color with significant body. Fragrant nose of dark fruits, violets. On the palate, you could really taste the merlot in the blend which added structure and a blue fruit note. Long finish. (2497 views)
 Tasted by djdaqm on 1/1/2013 & rated 94 points: Cork disintegrated upon removal so I was expecting the worst. Not a hint of leakage or oxidation though. Nice nose that was slightly oaky at first, but that went away after a little aeration. Left in decanter for about 20 minutes and drank over an hour. The wine is drinking well now, and I don't see it improving with more age. Very soft and easy to drink. Touch of acidity, smooth tannins, not overly alcoholic. Nose of licorice towards the end. A little hollow on the mid to end palate. In general I'm preferring this style much more than a big juice bomb, but I would like to see a tad more concentration. (2418 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 9/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Ridge Monte Bello Vertical Tasting 1974 - 2008 (Switzerland): Intensive red. Taste of minerals and ripe red berries. Chalk, red berries (cherries), chocolate. A bit dry and mineralic. Still performed well for this off-year. I would not wait any longer. Drink now - 2020. (3575 views)
 Tasted by wa2ofd on 12/30/2011 & rated 90 points: Last bottle of this wine...Earthy with subtle fruit...tannins have long melted away...A nice wine, served with chicken cacciatore... (3639 views)
 Tasted by cooberp on 11/26/2011 & rated 91 points: Dead ringer for a mid-80s 3rd growth Medoc. Dark ruby color with a hint of bricking. Lovely, textbook Cab nose of black fruit and sweet tobacco. Fully mature, tannins gone. At first the palate isn't quite up to speed--it turns sour and thin about halfway down the tongue, and stays there for the aftertaste. But after an hour the wine stops feeling disjointed, and the palate comes along for the ride with the bouquet. There probably wasn't enough concentration in this vintage for Ridge to make a knockout, but it certainly was a pleasure. (4072 views)
 Tasted by cgrimes on 6/23/2011 & rated 94 points: Dark ruby color with no bricking. Powerful nose of dark fruits, spice, smoke, tar. Similar on the palate with mostly blackberry, some cassis. Very powerful and youthful with a strong tannic background. Excellent wine though not as elegant as the Montelena, though it is also 7 years younger. (3552 views)
 Tasted by Scott in Shaw on 3/12/2011 & rated 91 points: Spontaneous Mini Ridge Monte Bello Vertical (Home): From 375mL direct from winery. Popped 4 hrs. before tasting. More purple in color than the '92; still dark. Nose of menthol, a touch of mint, maybe even creosote. Gobs of fruit on the palate, a bit of tobacco, silky smooth tannins, medium finish. This is probably on the downward side of its drinking curve. A lot more Cab in this vintage, and interestingly, Ridge did not list the other varieties in the blend. Not a classic Monte Bello, in my opinion. (4131 views)
 Tasted by cct on 3/3/2011 & rated 94 points: beautiful nose. with stony fruits, olive tapenade, some wood, plum, cassis, and loamy herbal notes. This is the cooler climate, more brooding, darker, savory side of cab. Rich but not heavy on the palate, dense bitter chocolate, black olives, more stony fruits, green herbs, and beautiful balance. This is in a perfect place right now. This ahs gained secondary nuance , while retaining fruit and freshness. Terribly enjoyable. At peak. 94 pts. (3605 views)
 Tasted by slmshdyms on 1/24/2011 & rated 95 points: another great showing for this wine/vintage. really started singing after being decanted for 2 hours. fruit is still very evident and flavors range from cherry to chocolate. still has great depth and concentration and tannins are silky soft. may last a few more years altho its def no longer at its peak--drink up!! one more left--can't wait! (3580 views)
 Tasted by wa2ofd on 1/16/2011 & rated 88 points: Followed the 00 Dalla Valle..should have gone reverse order...Bordeaux like...not sure it gets better from here... (3572 views)
 Tasted by mclancy10006 on 5/1/2010 & rated 93 points: This is drinking very well right now. Has a smooth feel on the mouth and still has some good fruit on the palate with notes of cherry and fig. (4453 views)
 Tasted by wurzel68 on 2/17/2010 & rated 91 points: Mittlere, sehr facettenreiche Nase nach Kirsche, Eiche, Leder, Menthol, Dillnote, Kakao; am Gaumen initial sehr klar, kräftige, feine Tanninstruktur, ordentliche Säure, gute Frucht, etwas scharf/leicht zehrend im Abgang; langes, langes Finish! (4391 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd
(Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello”- Ridge Vineyards) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92
(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Red Blend) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2002
(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello) A similarly intensely coloured hue. Very backward on the nose, which still shows awkward aromas of toffee-edge oak. The palate is simply massive, with a dense structure of tannin and acidity, and yet is silkily textured. There is a ton of fruit. This impressive wine needs a good five or ten years further bottle maturation before I would touch another.  18.5+ points
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Producer website | Wikipedia

Ridge Vineyards is a California winery specializing in premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay wines. Ridge produces wine at two winery locations in northern California. The original winery facilities are located at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 m) on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA near Cupertino, California. The other Ridge winery facilities are at Lytton Springs in the Dry Creek Valley AVA of Sonoma County.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

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Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

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