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1993 Ridge Monte Bello
Red Bordeaux Blend
- San Francisco Bay
- Santa Cruz Mountains
Community Tasting Notes 48
oldwines Likes this wine: (94 points)
September 12, 2016 - Tasted at the winery...opaque garnet color. Immensely fragrant and rich nose with fine shoe leather, chocolate and blackberry prominent. On the palate I got tar, blackberry, blueberry, cedar and a rich long aftertaste. Long, lovely, precise and well structured, this is drinking wonderfully now...Don't forget to double decant and let it breathe plenty!
mckillop Likes this wine: (95 points)
August 5, 2016 - Amazing wine. Lush and went on forever.
The Vines That Bind wrote: (92 points)
April 2, 2016 - Old Heitz Martha's v. Old Ridge Monte Bello (NoMad): Great nose, highly expressive, nearly floral, dry underbrush. Beautiful drinking right now. Still very big on the palate with black currant, strawberry, black cherry, and menthol notes. More advanced than the '94, which was brooding by comparison. Good one to take now.
lexwine Likes this wine: (92 points)
March 5, 2016 - # 3 of a blind tasting dinner I promoted with friends. The other 2 wines were also 1993 - Dunn Howell Mountain which was #1 and Leoville Barton. Ridge was great, but somewhat flat on the nose and less complex than the other 2 which proved Dunn for my palate is the one from Napa.
ProfBainbridge Likes this wine: (90 points)
December 11, 2015 - Medium ruby color, having thrown a fair bit of sediment. After decanting and breathing for 45 minutes, it presented a complex bouquet of leather, cedar, dried currants, and prunes. Ditto the palate. Still surprisingly tannic on the finish, with gripping acidity. Good, but probably slightly past peak.
Pro Reviews 3
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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)
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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 4 (1%)
- In Cellars 470 (69%)
- Consumed 211 (31%)
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