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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 53 
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
VineyardMonte Bello
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains
UPC Code(s)185983000046

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2025 (based on 31 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 92.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 77 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by aagrawal on 5/16/2015 & rated 95 points: Ridge Monte Bello Tasting (Cupertino, CA): Very well integrated nose with forest floor, mint, roasted vegetables; palate is still very young, blackberry, some tannin; long finish. Excellent. Nose is showing very early maturity, but the palate is still very young. 95+ (647 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 3/1/2015: So many great notes here, not much to add. Served double-blind (I guessed 2005 Left Bank BDX), the first few moments in the glass are filled with creamy mocha and some Luden's Cherry drop. With just 10 more minutes in the glass, this moves rather swiftly, and firmly, into a structured wine of place and blend. Medium-bodied, with a medium+ finish that will likely get better with more bottle age. 13,2% abv., 76% Cab Sauv. HOLD. recommended

Aerated in decanter 3 hours; served double-blind. (2289 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 2/6/2015: At home with Coravin (My place, parramatta, sydney): From Coravin. On the nose vanilla, spice, black currant, toasted oak, quite rich with animal notes. In the mouth the wine has drying tannins and spice notes but lacks fruit for me on this occasion - touches of black currant just beginning to show. Sits well in the mouth but the fruit absence is annoying. (1742 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 1/20/2015: From Coravin. Rather than just pouring and supping I've left this sit for 45 minutes in the glass. Still plentiful vanilla but now the fruit is riper - blackcurrant and black berry, spice, cigar box and toasted oak. In the mouth the wine is quite juicy with black fruit notes and fine, talc like tannic grip. Lovely. (1963 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 1/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Out of 0.375, Pop n'Pour: Still dark in color. Nose shows dark fruit, leather and earthy nose. Still quite tannic and young and at the moment a bit burgoise. This wine still requires time or a few hours of decanting until it fully blossoms. Drink 2018 - 2035 (2152 views)
 Tasted by Dmax808 on 1/2/2015 & rated 93 points: Not as structured as I thought it would be but good fruit, depth and mouthfeel. (1789 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 12/31/2014: From Coravin. Capsule and cork top were marked. Aromas of cream, vanilla, blackcurrant, rhubarb, leather and cigar box - also some dusty dry wood. All in all rather oaky. In the mouth the wine has black fruit flavours but is quite tart with a chalky tannic grip. Hmm (1571 views)
 Tasted by rshumard on 12/31/2014: - Brick color and aromas of violet and has flavours of blackberry - Dennie and I shared it with the Frog and Sherry over a dinner of prime filet mignons, sauteed lobster claws, sliced black truffles, blue cheese slaw, and Dennie's salad. While preparing the main event, we noshed on tete de moine, Stilton and truffled Gouda along with the usual selection of crackers. The scene of the crime was at our home in Placitas, NM, on 12/30/14 with an outdoor temp of 15 degrees F. and 25-30 mph, making the wind chill perilously close to 0 degrees F. (1425 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 11/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Premier Cruz Grand Tasting (Toll House, Los Gatos): dark red, in color. floral, black fruit, blueberry, cherry, blackberry, earth, warm land, spice, saline, pepper, oak, toasty, on the nose. medium acid, high tannins, on the finish. (1955 views)
 Tasted by fredb on 11/1/2014: Decanted 2 hours before dinner and consumed over 90 minutes of mealtime. Dark red color, small amount of sediment. Nearly opaque. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, currant, vanilla, and blueberry. Palate has blueberry, cherry, currant, vanilla, plum, a hint of licorice, and some fine, chalky tannins still showing throughout with a medium-long finish that carries red fruit that tends toward currant and cherry. This is starting to show its promise and is worth a look now. Expect improvement. Drink or hold. (1745 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 10/3/2014 & rated 95 points: Out of 0.375. deep in color. Nose of cassis, tobacco, chocolate and coffe. Very balanced and smooth tannins. Long and vivid. Yet another superb Monte Bello. Drink now (1956 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 8/16/2014: Wine with Grilled Meat (Chez Whitehead - Northbrook IL): From magnum. Black cherry and plum with plenty of smoked meat, anise, dark chocolate. Good density and concentration, lots of tannins and structure today. Better in 5 years for certain, probably better yet in ten. (2653 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 3/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Plum and currant, with leather and earth. A little dusty and herbal, but powerful and balanced enough to make that work. Seems to be in a prime window. (3214 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 2/11/2014 & rated 92 points: consistent with notes of 8/6/2013 (2991 views)
 Tasted by Stefanos T. on 12/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Here a fault - volatile acidity - is in such a good measure as to enhance the wine's complexity and appeal. Black fruit, licorice, cocoa, cedar, old wood, smoke, band aid and ...glue are some of the aromas of this wine. Very appealing. Full bodied with massive but ripe tannins, fine acidity and long finish, it is ready to drink. (3280 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 12/18/2013 & rated 93 points: Dark garnet. Expressive and continuously evolving nose of cinnamon, clove, dark berries alongside some medicinal scents of nail-polish remover. Full-bodied, rich but not heavy, with high fruit concentration, excellent balance and length. This is the second time I come across a Ridge Monte Bello red and I have to admit that while I find it a very distinctive and interesting wine, I do not fully understand why it has received so much praise. Excellent, but somehow lacks the wow factor I expect from a top cali cab. (3454 views)
 Tasted by blgros on 11/10/2013 & rated 91 points: opened for Abraham's birthday. (2921 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 8/6/2013 & rated 92 points: aromas of spice, plum and bay leaf. Adds a good minerality when tasted, slightly drying on the back end. (2944 views)
 Tasted by jrkennedy37 on 7/15/2013: Tried this a few nights after the 1984 and the parallels are uncanny. The structure is very similar but expresses itself as you'd expect from a 20 year difference. Opens with oak, red and black fruit lingers for a while, then the velvety tannins close out the sample. The acid is balanced with the other elements and, while the flavors are subtle, it shines as such a perfectly executed example of california bdx. It's so darn good at what it does, yet is unassuming and laid back, much like the stereotypical Californian...or Austonian? (2918 views)
 Tasted by Rob MacKay on 5/6/2013 & rated 95 points: An interesting side by side comparison of the 2004 and 2005 Monte Bello this evening. Served blind, I would not be able to tell you that they are the same wine with just one year difference between them. The 05 was much more expressive in terms of overall ripeness on the palate and much more open on the nose as well with the 04 being more restrained and classic in style. If you have both of these wines, enjoy the 05 now and hold the 04 for another 5 years or so as I think that it's going to turn out to be a stellar wine once it has more time to develop. 95 points for the 2004 based on potential. 94 points for the 05 based on how good it is right now. (3319 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 3/30/2013 & rated 96 points: Outstanding. Drank stand-alone over 4 hours. Perfect balance, with interesting flavors. Lots to enjoy, and no rush. Will be around a long time. (3207 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 3/26/2013 & rated 95 points: Decanted. Certainly has many years ahead of it, but drinking beautifully now. Subtle red/black fruit, with just a touch of oak. All sorts of secondary notes, including chocolate, spice, and herbs. Just the right amount of tannins and acidity to provide structure and balance, (3108 views)
 Tasted by jetfan on 2/1/2013 & rated 94 points: classic...my opinion of course but classic! (2929 views)
 Tasted by desler on 12/25/2012 & rated 92 points: Very nice (2592 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 12/25/2012: Two w/Christmas dinner- Sugarille, Monte Bello: Decanted an hour before dinner. Dark maroon core with a lighter ruby rim. The nose is open for business immediately and simply bursts from the glass. Red & black fruits, peppercorns, espresso & a hint of cherry wood. Crazy depth & intensity. I really thought this would be tight as a drum due to the youth. This jumped on the palate with bright blackberries, a rich, nearly creamy texture & some spiciness. The structure stepped in on the mid palate and showed that despite the exuberance, this has decades in front of it. I will say that with the meal, I couldn't have asked for a better wine. This kept adding layers of intensity & bringing you back to the glass for more. Some spicy red fruit emerge on the back of the palate & a dark mocha note floats around throughout. This felt celebratory and completely appropriate for Christmas dinner. I wasn't looking for a competition, but this absolutely crushed the Sugarille. (3381 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014)
(Ridge Monte Bello Monte Bello) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/2/2010)
(Ridge, Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/11/2009)
(Ridge, Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135
(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2006, IWC Issue #128
(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Red Blend) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/26/2007)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Nice cassis and berry nose with a mint note; tasty, berry and cassis palate with a mint note and sweet tannins; medium finish 90+ pts.  90 points
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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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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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