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 Vintage1968 Label 1 of 66 
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 94 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 4 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, tart cassis, light menthol, shitake mushroom, tart red currant nose; delicious, mature, tart red currant, light tobacco, mushroom, tart raspberry palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish (12.7% alcohol) (484 views)
 Tasted by dream on 10/23/2013 & rated 96 points: Dinner With Paul Draper in NYC - older vintages of Ridge (Cafe Boulud): Wow, a great bottle of this wine which smells very much like a Latour with a wonderful nose of black fruits, minerals and roasted walnuts. Perfectly mature now with wonderful earthy dark fruit flavors and a smooth, silky first-growth type texture. Really elegant and fine but also grippy on the finish with complex notes of tar, black earth and minerals. Wow! (1582 views)
 Tasted by AndrewSGHall on 8/22/2003: Past its peak, but very enjoyable. Beautiful brick color. Sweet nose with tobacco. Nice fruit, a touch acidic. Clay and more tobacco notes. Very good finish.Intricate structure. Delicious
as well as fascinating. Lasted for a whole dinner and excellent with a special duck prep.

(Alana’s - brought for Andrew’s 35th) (3638 views)
 Tasted by MicklethePickle on 2/2/1991 & rated 92 points: With MPL and BLR at Singer & Foy. Very dark ruby. Very mature. Very dark chocolate aromas. Loads of rich fruit-just monstrous fruit-it's so big and rich. I LOVE it. Really amazing at this age. Chocolate covered cherries. 5-10-18-9: 92/100. (1080 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/2/2010)
(Ridge, Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/27/2013)
(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, tart cassis, light menthol, shitake mushroom, tart red currant nose; delicious, mature, tart red currant, light tobacco, mushroom, tart raspberry palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish (12.7% alcohol)  94 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of JancisRobinson.com and RJonWine.com. (manage subscription channels)

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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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