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Community Tasting Notes (70) Avg Score: 92.7 points

  • My first MB with any age on it, and it was still very young. Uncorked at 8am and decanted at 7pm, it still took a few more hours to finally open up. More classic and restrained in style, the last glass offered something for everybody - new world fans and old. A wonderful cabernet that should last many more years.

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  • Decanted for an hour, could have used a few more.

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  • For those who think this a Zinfandel dominated blend (as many around the table did), think again. In 2005 the make up was 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. A whole host of aromas and flavours flooded out, including, but not limited to: mocha, vanilla, and black cherry - the wine was well-balanced with great forceful tannins. I had read the wine still had plenty of time but I wanted to have it in its prime rather than cresting the hill. Seemed to be a hit with the prime rib we had for dinner, and then on its own afterward.

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  • Very good Napa, quite fruit forward with bright dark red fruit, some licorice and lead pencil. Medium plus palate, rounded ripe fruit, long finish with supple tannns, drinking well and can keep.

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  • We decanted this and drank relatively unceremoniously. It came across as a good quality, balanced, not overdone in any way California BDX blend. Not mind blowing or particularly special but a really nice wine. Not a QPR wine but not at all disappointing at the price. Fwiw it drank to my palate better than the particular bottle of Bionic Frog alongside it.

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark ruby color; cassis, toasty oak nose; tight, tannic, cedar, tart cassis palate; needs 8-10 years, very shut down from when I first tried it a few years back; medium-plus finish 91+ points (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/9/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 95 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Nice big berry, plum cassis nose; very tasty berry, boysenberry, chocolate palate with good cedar edges and sage, good acidity; medium-plus finish (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc; 94% new American oak, 6% new French oak)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19? points

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon) A barrel sample. A massive presence of pure, concentrated, roasted cherry fruit, with lots of fruit complexity. The same character is found on the palate, which is brimming with youthful fruit. There is a good tannic structure. This is only a baby, but it has great potential.

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