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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 67 
TypeRed
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
VineyardMonte Bello
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2024 (based on 52 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 93.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 166 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Salemlawyer on 6/27/2015 & rated 96 points: What an amazing wine. We enjoyed this last night to celebrate the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling and it is drinking beautifully right now. Decanted for an hour, it was a bit tight when we first tasted, but after decanting it opened beautifully. It still has plenty of time, but we only had one bottle and the time was right! We are going to get a couple more vintages to enjoy down the line. (420 views)
 Tasted by pismo45 on 6/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice dark fruits. Not a young wine but still a long ways to go. Fruit was tasty but there wasn't a whole lot of complexity. A mag left and will try to save it for another 10 years. (1034 views)
 Tasted by spendergast on 5/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Sweet dark fruit with notes of raspberry, cherry, cassis with well integrated tannins and nice balance. Paired nicely with grilled Bison ribeye. (1117 views)
 Tasted by dedwards on 4/10/2015: still powerful (1540 views)
 Tasted by awineo on 3/19/2015 & rated 94 points: Paired this with a Pahlmeyer 2005 at a wine dinner. Excellent structure and solid fruit. Very smooth tannins. Good blend (1879 views)
 Tasted by TastesGoodToMe on 3/14/2015 & rated 94 points: South Charlotte Wine Lovers - California Bordeaux Blends (Bob and Anita's Place on Lake Wylie): Drank alongside a Pahlmeyer '05 and this was the winner. What struck me about this bottle was that it clearly had the benefits of AGE without tasting OLD. Too many times a 15+ bottle of wine can taste "old", done and a bit musky versus tasting like and "aged wine" where you can pick up on the tertiary flavors that are usually hidden in a wine's youth. Excellent. (1834 views)
 Tasted by guitarguy on 2/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Bright, youthful and still with nerve. Mostly blueberry and currant with mild tannins. Fell apart a bit on the second night so advise drinking in one setting. (1754 views)
 Tasted by jsebiri on 12/22/2014: nice juice , very well made , not great but very good , had many hallmark characteristics of classic cali claret ............ unfortunately this was my last bottle. (2162 views)
 Tasted by sdrucker1000 on 11/6/2014 & rated 93 points: Flowers and licorice nose. Picking up some nuts and chocolate underneath black fruits. Clean, smooth finish. Only quibble is it is lacking some fruit although picking up more and more over the course of the night. Excellent. (2572 views)
 Tasted by Wim de Leeuw on 9/27/2014 & rated 94 points: Paris Tasting in Zwolle (again... at last) (De Librije - Zwolle): Kleur: Diep donker rood, enorme kleurintensiteit Aroma / bouquet: Nog een beetje gesloten, ingehouden aroma, veel sluimerende power, donker fruit, zwarte bessen, inkt, potloodslijpsel. Powerwijn met potentieel. Smaak / Afdronk: Wow!. Dik sap, indrukwekkende concentratie, zacht zuur, krachtige tannines met een prettige bite, indrukwekkende lengte. Algemeen / potentieel: Heerlijk glas. Voor mijn smaak: VEEL te jong. Royaal decanteren is aanbevolen. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Smaak / Afdronk: 17 + Algemeen / potentieel: 9 = 94/100

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Color: Deep dark red, great color intensity Aroma / bouquet: Still a little closed, restrained aroma, much latent power, dark fruit, blackcurrant, ink, pencil shavings. Power Wine with potential Taste / Finish:. Wow !. Thick juice, impressive concentration, soft acid, powerful tannins with a pleasant bite, impressive length General / potential.: Delicious glass. For my taste: WAY too young. Generously decanting is recommended. 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Taste / Finish: 17 + General / potential: 9 = 94/100 (2969 views)
 Tasted by jhw425 on 8/9/2014 & rated 93 points: Took 2-3 hours to open up. When it did lots of Mocha, cassis and dark fruits. Fruit hasn't faded at all but took a while to come around. Just got better with time. (2936 views)
 Tasted by Javachip on 8/9/2014 & rated 95 points: A Double Birth Year Celebration (San Diego): Not decanted. Clear inky garnet color. Stunning bouquet of black and red currants, blackberries and cherries along with their respective liqueurs, eucalyptus, mocha, nutmeg, cloves. Rich, generous, balanced, full body, everything in beautiful proportion, acidity and tannins providing amazing structure. My #3 and group's THIRD PLACE (tie) in this flight. (3665 views)
 Tasted by DrakkarNoir on 6/26/2014: California Mavericks @ Five Sails: 12.9% abv (85% Cab Sauv, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cab Franc). Nose was on the more muted side: earth, blueberries and slight spice. Little in way of tannins, some acidity present… overall a more elegant wine. Drank alongside a '97 Dominus, and this was, not surprisingly, overpowered. Thought I'd like this more of the two… but didn't. (2845 views)
 Tasted by jww on 6/1/2014 & rated 93 points: after 45 from opening wine was approachable but still tight
Fruit in the nose with a hint of slate
Earthy mineral flavor, graphite or slate, dark fruits a very complex wine
Will kèèp my last bottle for a while longer (2833 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 5/17/2014 & rated 92 points: Saturday night at The Papies (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Not sure if we didn't like it as much this time because of our change in taste or the fact that if followed a flight of old world wines made its modern and a touch overdone on the oak side more visible. A lot of sweet oak on the nose and palate that eclipse an otherwise very good wine. The solid ripe fruit is there, rich core, dark in colour as if its a 2005 Bordeaux. Just shame for that overdone sweet oak nose. No need for that in such a ripe vintage... 92 (2796 views)
 Tasted by KimHartman on 5/3/2014 & rated 96 points: Kass kork som gick i tusen bitar. Men vad gör det när själva vinet är helt fantastiskt? Söt svartvinbärsfrukt men utan att bli sliskigt eller sött. Lager på lager av frukt, ceder, kryddor och kakao. Nedslipade tanniner men ändå så mycket tryck i detta. Helt i balans, mycket fin mognad. Mycket bra. (2136 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 4/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted double blind, this showed ripe fruit with a slightly darker edge than the 1994 tasted before it. Guessed Cali cab. Pretty wine, shows the greatness of Ridge Monte Bello. 92-93 (2025 views)
 Tasted by VoteferPedro on 4/18/2014: decanted for one hour and enjoyed with brisket
Really still excellent. Nose has faded a bit but what is there is fresh bright fruit and pleasant finish that complements food and is refreshing...exactly what wine should be (2284 views)
 Tasted by Backdoctor on 3/22/2014 & rated 92 points: It took about 5 hours to drink this but it just kept getting better as it opened. It was tight to start, slightly tart but opened to a nice balanced bordeaux blend with soft tannins and dark cherry tones (2248 views)
 Tasted by J @ y H @ c k on 3/14/2014: Leo's BTG. (1201 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 2/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Opened but not decanted and drank slowly over several hours. Would have benefitted from a decant and warmer than the near cellar temperature at which we drank it. Lovely evolving wine that is taut-featured rather than fleshy and has a super feminine elegance to it. All the classic Monte Bello charm is here together with an elegance brought about by the 12.5% alcohol. A wonderful bridge between Napa and Bordeaux. (2793 views)
 Tasted by aro on 1/18/2014 & rated 93 points: Served blind. Sweet oak spice and dark cassis. Floral and herbal. Bordeaux was mentioned, but we quickly got classic US Cab. Great stuff. (2701 views)
 Tasted by Brett on 1/3/2014 & rated 95 points: Simply fantastic, sorry I only have one bottle left! (2788 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 1/1/2014 & rated 93 points: 2014 New Year's Day Tasting $100+ (Marietta, GA): Very dark almost to rim, tiny red rim; chocolate, tobacco, sweet red currant, cinnamon, rich deep and youthful; sweet, softer tannin, sandalwood, red currant, rich and satisfying, structured but not drying, minty finish; very good and too young, give this another 5 years; couldn't fool more than a couple into saying Bordeaux, this still had the California glycerin to it; 93+. (2768 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 11/1/2013 & rated 90 points: Platinum Tasting - '94 & '97 California Cabs (Tasted Blind) (Andre's House): Dense nose, lots of heat (B++). Rich, soft palate (B++). Needs time.
My #5, Group's #4 (53 pts). Tasted blind. (3484 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/20/2010)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; ripe plum, berry, blackberry nose; tart berry, blackberry, black plum palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/17/2010)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Opaque dark red violet color; nice herbal, herbaceous, tart black fruit, sage nose; tightish, tart berry, plum, mineral palate; with depth; medium-plus finish (my #4 of the flight, group's #5 of 8)  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/18/2007)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; ripe cherry, vanilla and black cherry nose; concentrated, ripe cassis and plum palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
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Ridge

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.

Monte Bello

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USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

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

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

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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