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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: California’s Best Kept Secret (Jul 2013), (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011, (See more on 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Slightly bricking dark ruby color; lifted, herbal, thyme, tart cassis, roasted plum nose; mature, tart cassis, thyme, iodine, tart plum, graphite palate; should go 15-20 years; medium-plus finish (more mature tasting than the bottle I tried six months earlier; 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
  • By Richard Jennings
    12/10/2010, (See more on 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Nearly opaque red violet color; green tobacco, cassis, currant nose; tasty, plush, youthful, cassis, currant, tobacco palate with depth and body; medium-plus finish (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/17/2010, (See more on 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; rich cassis, berry, raspberry, vanilla nose; tight, ripe cassis, blackberry, ripe plum, herbal, menthol palate; medium-plus finish (my #5 of the flight, group's #8 out of 8)


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5+ points

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon) An earthy, meaty nose, but not really as expressive as the 1999 vintage, or the other wines here. A nice palate, more noticeable structure, still quite rounded though, with a good grip and firm acidity. Not the charm of the preceding vintages, but a good wine nonetheless.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    4/21/2003, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Ridge Montebello) Cassis, chestnuts, mint, leather, tar and smokey oak out of the gates. After aeration a touch of green peppercorn arrives. I thought it might be green but it really works with all the other aromas. Also there is not the slightest hint of green on the palate. Lots of currant, cassis and cherry fruit with some spicey oak tones. Perfectly balanced. Really glides across the palate. This was great for the first five minutes, then shut down for the next two hours and then slowly started to sneak back and fill out. Even though, the fruit never made it's real presence known. This needs time but will be fantastic when it get's there.

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