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 Vintage1983 Label 1 of 49 
TypeRed
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
VineyardMonte Bello
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: not specified
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 2 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wehouck on 9/25/2010 & rated 95 points: Very mature Ridge cabernet sauvignon with slight browning color, but mostly deep ruby red. Nose was complex with slight oak, mainly fruit, especially berries. Smooth tongue feel with minimal tannin, but enough to not hide the cabernet sauvignon origin. Complex taste with fruit and minimal tannin. Long finish with both tannin and lovely cabernet tones. Overall, fabulous! (2439 views)
 Tasted by Tejano on 8/27/2008: Dark and youthful looking with just a hint of ruby on the rim...not showing it's age. Firm nose of layered dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and a slight green edge that was not a detraction, but more of a personality trait. A good fruit grip and solid framework that made this a very nice surprise as there was more here than anticipated...a very solid and well made wine still holding on. (2245 views)

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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

On weinlagen-info

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

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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