Red

2010 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2020 - 2038 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 115

  • jonh1 Likes this wine:

    June 13, 2021 - Juicy; fruity and acidic. Bright, ripe, concentrated. Leads with purple fruit - somewhere between blackberry and plum? (Boysenberry or something?) Warm sweet anise and a hint of blue cheese funk.

    Tastes quite young. Drinks nicely - tannins are fine and integrated - but I’d hold on to this for another 10 years if I had a few bottles.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Nanda wrote: 92 points

    May 29, 2021 - 2010 Blind Cali Cab/Bordeaux Homage to Spurrier (Chez de la Mata): Blind. Primary aromas of sweet plum, tobacco and bell pepper. Very pure Cabernet but very young nose. Palate has chewy, dusty, structured fruit. Love the clear Cali Cab character and brooding structure. Better in 10+ years. Incorrectly guessed as the Mondavi - thought the dustiness could be Oakville. My 8/10, Group 7/10. Upside from here.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • wino_tim wrote: 92 points

    April 24, 2021 - From magnum. Decanted for about two hours. Deep ruby. A savory but appealing nose offers aromas of fresh red and black fruits, fresh mint, topsoil, and lots of toasty oak. Medium bodied on the palate with bright, medium+ acidity, tight but well-integrated tannins and lots of zippy black fruit flavors. This deserves time - especially from magnum - but has a certain appeal at this point.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • europat55 wrote: 90 points

    March 21, 2021 - Nose: 90 Palate: 90

  • michael47 Likes this wine: 97 points

    March 10, 2021 - Dark dark when poured, noticeable sediment in the bottle and decanter. Initially closed nose with tons of oak (American non-toasted). After 5 minutes it magically opened up. Fabulous mouthfeel, luscious, balanced, dark cassis, plums, smoke, all perfectly balanced with acids and supple tannins. Wow. Too bad it's the last of a case brought on futures as the wine has never tasted better and has a decade or two to evolve.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (2)
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2020), 5/1/2020 (link)

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

Decanter

  • By Panel Tasting
    Californian Cabernet 2010, 10/10/2018 (link)

    (Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Ridge Monte Bello: Past, Present and Future (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171 (link)

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

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: California’s Best Kept Secret (Jul 2013) (link)

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

WineAlign

  • By David Lawrason
    6/3/2013 (link)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Szabo, MS
    5/29/2013 (link)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012) (link)

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

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/10/2013 (link) 96 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark maroon color; very appealing, lifted, ripe black currant, violets, blackberry, graphite nose; rich, delicious, ripe black currant, blackberry, violets, ripe black fruit palate with firm, sweet tannins; needs 7-8 years; medium-plus finish (74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc; 13.2% alcohol; 96% American oak, 4% new French oak for 18 months; yield of 83.5 tons from 58 acres)

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Barrel sample - dark purple red violet color; youthful, red berry, berry, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon nose; very youthful, berry, roasted berry, coffee, cinnamon, plum, baking spice, creosote palate; needs 15+ years; long finish 93-95 points (74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Barrel sample (final assemblage) - purple red violet color; lifted, richly herbal, pencil lead, dark plum nose; delicious, very young, rich, red currant, cassis, red berry, green herb, gun flint palate with black plum undertones and sweet tannins; needs 10-12 years; long finish 94-95 points (74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/6/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) First assemblage barrel sample - nearly opaque crimson color; lovely, complex, olive, herbaceous, tart cassis, tart currant nose; tasty, tart currant, tart cassis, olive, herbaceous palate, like a St. Julien from a ripe year; long finish 93-95 points (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)
    2010 Merlot component barrel sample - medium dark purple red violet color; primary, lavender, berry, raspberry nose; tight, tart red plum, herbaceous, tart red currant palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish 90-91 points (Bowl Block)
    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon component barrel sample - dark magenta color; lovely, rich and complex tart cassis, green peppercorn, green olive nose; tasty, poised, tart cassis, green olive, red currant palate with lift; medium finish 92-95 points (Fosters Block)
    2010 Petit Verdot component barrel sample - opaque purple red violet color; hint of pencil lead, tart red plum, red berry, black fruit nose; rich, lovely, tart black fruit, pencil lead, graphite palate; medium-plus finish 93-96 points (Olivos Block)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ridge
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Monte Bello
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
  • UPC Codes 086891077437, 4714127538976, 744442101009, 744442279005, 744442301003

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 233 (3%)
  • In Cellars 5,674 (80%)
  • Consumed 1,164 (16%)

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