Red

2013 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2023 - 2045 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • Ryan3719 Likes this wine: 98 points

    August 10, 2020 - Still a baby, nearing perfection. The wine is beautifully balanced with tremendous length and finesse. Has decades left and will reward patience.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • mchern02 wrote: 93 points

    July 21, 2020 - 1 hour decant

    Young nose with ripe, fresh, and scintillating red fruit, minerals and a touch of licorice. Body is more mellow with fine, medium structure, and young tannins leading into a medium plus finish. Upside from here but still young.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

    July 16, 2020 - It's a good deal. I have friends with the younger vintages and I open the older years for them. Yes, this is frightfully young, yet, with its wealth of perfectly ripe, fresh, refined, bright, energetic fruits, it is disarmingly easy to drink now. Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and also light on its feet, the nose, with its blackberry, currant, tobacco leaf, vanilla, smoke and espresso bean it just great. But it is the length, purity and elegance paired with all that power on the palate that knocks you out. Another decade in the cellar will only add more complexity. This is a top vintage of Monte Bello that fans of this wine should not miss. The wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot.

    18 people found this helpful Comments (4)
  • zimmy07 Likes this wine:

    June 22, 2020 - Second time having this wine, this seems to have shut down a bit. Wet stone, dark fruits and a decent amount of dill on this wine. Still very polished and round, few hard edges remain. I decanted for 8 hours and still not enough. The wine months ago was so balanced with fruit and oak and just soared on the mid palate. Truly exceptional. This still has the same makeup but a bit out of balance. Secondary flavors evolving but not yet settled. I will wait 5 more years for my next bottle but still believe this is one of the best MB ever

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Krugen Likes this wine: 99 points

    June 8, 2020 - Wonderful, like the best Bordeaux, vintage incredible. Will buy every bottle I find and revisit in 10-20 years

    9 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Brilliance in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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  • By William Kelley
    The 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon vintage 98-100, 5/30/2016 (link)

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

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    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/25/2015 (link)

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    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • 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 4714127538976, 744442100002, 744442101006, 744442101009, 744442101139, 744442301003

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 315 (4%)
  • In Cellars 7,111 (88%)
  • Consumed 634 (8%)

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