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Community Tasting Notes (136) Avg Score: 92.4 points

  • Sigh. LOVE all MB's, especially the older ones. We all know too well that at this age, bottle variation rules the day. This bottle (from same case, prep'd the exact same way as my previous success: brief decant to clean bottle night before, then served with dinner) showed just average, tired, unremarkable. Disappointing because the previous one a year ago was terrific. I suppose it's possible I was supposed to let this consume air even longer?! It's such a leap of faith with older wines, that they will continue to fill out with many hours open. I'm always concerned about drying them out. Especially when you just want to sit with it and watch it change over a couple hours - not much sense in trying to rush that along at age 20+, right?! Cross fingers and keep drinking these up, I believe.

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  • As always love Ridge wines. This wine still is amazingly fresh with great balance. It is not a big wine but everything is beautifully integrated. Lovely dark fruit. Nice secondary flavours.

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  • Drinking well. Bright fruit on the palate and a mature nose with dark fruits, herbs, a bit of menthol. Vanilla notes show some wood, which is integrating. Dark red and youthful, many years left.

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  • A modern style of Ridge. Still very young with ripe and sweet fruit, hints of vegetal notes, and very pronounced vanilla and wood notes. Dark earth, coffee grounds, bell pepper. Velvety tannins and smooth mouthfeel. Overly ripe nose and heavy vanilla on the palate detract from the overall experience

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  • Söt mogen frukt, vanilj, choklad, kaffe, mint och stenig mineral.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014), (See more on Vinous...)

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

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Red Blend) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 1998, IWC Issue #81, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Red Blend) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark ruby color; mature, baked plum, baking spice, berry, raspberry nose; tasty, maturing and accessible, ripe cassis, raspberry, berry, baking spice palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish (73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/26/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - very dark red violet color; cigar box, smoke, dried berry, dried currant nose; tart currant, cassis, dried red fruit, tart red berry palate with depth, but needs to integrate yet, sense of different moving parts; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc; decanted for 2 and a half hours)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2002, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello) Another dense and backward wine, although with time this one opens a little more than the last, revealing blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. Obviously a youthful wine on the palate, which carries it's powerful Cabernet fruit, tannin and acidity in an awkward fashion. Lush and beautifully textured. The structure is all there, but like the 1993 this wine needs five years at least.

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