Who Likes This Wine(12)

  1. amsterdeco


    29 Tasting Notes

  2. William Kelley

    William Kelley

    370 Tasting Notes

  3. Harry Cantrell

    Harry Cantrell

    1,131 Tasting Notes


Food Pairing Tags

Community users think this wine goes best with:

Add My Food Pairing Tags

Community Tasting Notes (84) Avg Score: 92.7 points

View all 84 Community Tasting Notes

What Do You Think? Add a Tasting Note

Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.


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

    (Ridge Monte Bello Monte Bello) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar


  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011, (See more on 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Medium dark ruby color; nice, mature, herbal, cedar, stewed plum nose; mature, tasty, tart plum, cedar, herbal, American oak dill palate with medium acidity; at peak, should go 5-7 more years; medium-plus finish 92+ points (tasted much more mature than only 16 years old; 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)
  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2011, (See more on 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; lovely cassis, slightly herbal, plum, cedar nose; tight, youthful, tart cassis, red plum, cedar palate with a touch of herb; long finish 92+ points (69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)
  • By Richard Jennings
    5/20/2007, (See more on 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Crimson color; focused cassis, blackberry and mint nose; plush palate of cassis, with sweet, firm tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon) This has a very good nose, very deep and meaty, complex, with some red fruit character alongside notes of pickling spices. The palate is quite complete and textured, and deeply structured. There is still a core of firm tannins, with a meaty style. This is very good indeed.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser, 4/10/2005 90+ points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) The next wine had big-time underarm in its nose at first . it was very distinctive, but some exotic, cinnamon fruit as well. Justin politically corrected me with .earthy complexity.. That it did have, with a kiss of citrus and some meaty, cassisy, blueberry syrupy fruit to round out its nose. The palate had no fruit whatsoever, though, and was all finish, which was good, but not exciting. Someone noted its .Gruaud Larose like. qualities, which I saw, but the wine was either shut down or never going to be great.

NOTE: Some content is property of and Vinous and View From the Cellar and and Winedoctor and Vintage Tastings.

Add a Pro Review Add Your Own Reviews:

Report a problem with the information on this page.