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Community Tasting Notes (51) Avg Score: 93.2 points

  • Opened, poured into a decanter, rinsed the sediment out of the bottle, and poured back in. Took a small glass to taste.
    Brought the bottle to a friend's house and then tasted and followed for about 1 hour.
    Wow. Beautiful nose of red plums and cherries, with notes of fresh flowers and lead pencil.
    Full, rich and inviting; wonderfully balanced with good acidity. Tannins well integrated offering up a silky texture. Wonderful floral notes mixed in with some vanilla bean and spice notes.
    There is a lightness to the wine but such depth of flavors.
    This is an outstanding wine. Delicious.

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  • Big, bold very smooth. Ripe cherries with hint of plum.

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  • Dark red and a touch of black fruit - dark cherry, currants, and plum. Smooth mid-palate with decent depth. Fairly rich and somewhat sweet. Decent finish but not much depth and also fairly short. Overall, solid bottle but I expected more in light of the 98 points from Galloni and also the price point. Drank next to a 2013 Carter Beckstoffer O.G. cab and I thought the Carter was quite a bit better - deeper fruit, better flavor profile, deeper/longer finish, etc.. Decanted for four hours and drank over another three. Improved with time. 72% cab, 22% merlot, and 6% petit verdot.

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  • Opened and poured into a decanter. Tasted a sip.
    Served about 2 hours later with food (sausage and peppers, bread and cheese, and rice, pork and black beans, in case you were wondering). Followed over about a 3 hour period.
    Dark color; threw off some sediment while decanting. Nose of flowers and spice.
    Ripe red fruit, with an herbal element - touch of mint and some brown spices. Silky and elegant.
    I keep returning to the glass for more and, poof, it is gone.

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  • way too young, as expected, even for a 375. Difficult to evaluate, so tight Rough tannins Likely to be wonderful in 5+ years

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/7/2010, (See more on 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Barrel sample, 1st assemblage - dark purple violet color; lovely berry, cassis, dill (American oak) nose; tight but hinting at plushness to come, cassis, tart berry, currant palate with depth; long finish 92-94 pts. (67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot; 13.1% alcohol)
    Barrel sample - Cabernet Sauvignon from south slope, La Cuesta - opaque purple violet color; elegant cassis, menthol nose; American oak, tart cassis, cedar palate with firm tannins; medium-plus finish 92-94 pts.
    Barrel sample - Merlot from Avenue Block - dark purple violet color; reduction, rich berry, plum, toasty oak nose; quite lovely, tasty, tart plum, black fruit palate; medium finish 91-93+ pts. (so nice, I'm hopeful they'll bottle some by itself)
    Barrel sample - Petit Verdot from Olivos and Levassuer parcels - opaque purple violet color; lovely, herbaceous, pencil lead, asphalt nose; tight, concentrated, tart currant, red plum, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish 91-93 pts.
    Barrel sample - Cabernet Franc (not in 1st assemblage for Monte Bello) - opaque dark scarlet color; ripe red berry, herbal, cherry, 80% cocoa dark chocolate nose; tart cassis, herbal palate with medium acidity; medium finish 89-91 pts.

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