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1993 Ridge Monte Bello
Red Bordeaux Blend
- San Francisco Bay
- Santa Cruz Mountains
Community Tasting Notes 54
rmcnees Likes this wine: (92 points)
March 6, 2017 - Tasted at OTBN 2017. interesting vertical comparison to Monte Bello 1998. This was amazing in its graceful elegant, almost delicate floral tones, complex yet smooth and polished with layers of soft black raspberry and black currant fruits with subtle tones of vanilla, anise, and hint of graphite on a silky tannin finish.
bravo.solares Likes this wine: (95 points)
December 31, 2016 - Drinking really, really well. Shows what patience and cellaring can do for Monte Bellos. Tertiary notes were simply incredible.
Ultimatewinekick_Andreas wrote: (91 points)
December 10, 2016 - Very earthy character and there is an abundance of blueberries, cedar, mushroom, graphite, vanilla, but also some leather notes. The fruit is ripe and almost dry in the character. The palate has a round and soft feeling with silky tannins and rather low levels of acidity. This is a wine that shows clear effects from aging, resulting in sa complex nose and palate but also a lack of energy, and I would be hesitant to store it longer.
Tubulus wrote: (93 points)
November 21, 2016 - 375 purchased from winery, the cork was very crumbly (surprising) but the wine itself was in excellent shape. The tannic structure was more resolved than a young MB, but the flavor profile did not indicate much development. The herbaceous oak flavors were readily apparent with a real minty/eucalyptus streak running through (not really dill though). Great acid and lots of fruit, went very well with my birthday steak.
skurtz Likes this wine: (93 points)
October 1, 2016 - Tasted at the winery in Santa Cruz mountains. Extracted from the bottle using a coravin; in a flight with the '13 and '03. Wow this nose has leather and barnyard funk, the most fragrant of the wines we've tasted today at Ridge. Full mouthfeel, red fruit and earthy forest floor dominate, along with fine tannins in the finish. Looks like there is no rush to open these, they should be fine for at least five, maybe more years, at peak. My favorite of the tastings today. I expect this to be improved by decanting.
Pro Reviews 3
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.
By Stephen Tanzer
September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92 (link)
(Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Red Blend) Subscribe to see review text.
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.
- 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
- Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
- In Cellars 479 (68%)
- Consumed 221 (31%)
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