Red

1993 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > San Francisco Bay
  • > Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2004 - 2016
CT92.3 42 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 37

  • Mascarello59 Likes this wine: (93 points)

    May 18, 2014 - Cassis, tobacco mint on the nose. Develops for 2-3 h and then starts to fade. A wonderful wine that drinks perfectly now.

  • Lilja Likes this wine:

    May 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.

  • Leigh Johnson Likes this wine: (94 points)

    April 15, 2014 - 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!

  • ronte bello wrote: (92 points)

    February 14, 2014 - 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.

  • LFCHALA Likes this wine: (93 points)

    December 20, 2013 - Confraria Dezembro 2013 (Agnelo - São Paulo - SP - Brasil): What elegance! Silky. Balanced. Tannins resolved. Californian signature

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd

    (Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello”- Ridge Vineyards) Subscribe to see review text.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2000, Issue #92 (link)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Red Blend) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2002 (link) 18.5+ points

    (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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1993
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ridge
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Monte Bello
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 368 (70%)
  • Consumed 152 (29%)

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