Red

2013 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 52

  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    May 4, 2019 - I tasted this Monte Bello upon release 18 months ago. At that time, the wine showed its immense potential (rated 97 points) mainly thanks to its incredible complexity. We found the wine for a reasonable price on a restaurant list and the temptation was just too big to not check the progress since then (I will not touch my own bottles for at least 10 more years). On our request the somm decanted the wine for approx. 12 hours and boy, the wine showed again great. Very, very deep, complex, quite singular aromatic profile, high precision and good but dense structure which has to mellow. Potential for 97-100 points is definitely there. The wine is not yet there but still, it was drinking very good with this long decant and was at least a 95 point experience.

    TN: Lots of fresh pine tree, graphite, pencil shavings, black tee, melted licorice, dark forest berries, some sweet brighter berries, coconut hints. Every nose and every sip revealed new flavors and a mix I’ve never had before. The precision is remarkable. The structure is dense with big, noticeable but smooth tannins, a high but very well integrated acidity. Here lies the biggest upside. More time will mellow the structure and with all the stuffing the wine already has, it will become a masterpiece by then.

    Decanting: Give it at least 10 hours in the decanter.

    10 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • sirpat007 Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 3, 2019 - Tasted blind at IGNIV in Bad Ragaz. 10h decant which is clearly required if you want to pop a bottle at this stage. Amazingly intense ripe fruit (cassis but also mixed forest berries), graphite and pencil shavings, spruce oil (like walking through a spruce forest, actually), sweet Christmas spices, eucalyptus and black tea. Rock solid structure and multifarious texture. On the palate lots of tangible tannins, but feeling soft with an overall round, fruity and oaky sensation.

    This was no doubt the wine of the night. In all likelihood still far away from its peak, but the nose is jaw-dropping already and with increasing bottle age this may once again become hall of fame worthy legend. Looking forward to tasting this time and again over the next 20 years and possibly beyond.

    8 people found this helpful Comment
  • LordOfGlencoe Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 3, 2019 - Wine of the night at a dinner at Grand Hôtel Quellenhof in Bad Ragaz. Decanted for 10 hours. Is supposed to grow into a 98+ point wine in the next 20 years.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • zimmy07 Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 21, 2019 - Utterly fantastic bottle of wine. Decanted for 6 hours. Not a hard edge on this wine. Tight tannin with blueberry, cassis and bakers spice. So well rounded and fruit and oak are in perfect harmony, and I mean perfect. This wine will age forever and i suggest holding off. But I had 8 bottles and had to give it a go,.and was well rewarded. Monte Bello is top 3 all time favorite wines and this may have been best I have had.

    8 people found this helpful Comment
  • Sundbyberg wrote: 97 points

    March 7, 2019 - Tasting: A very good vintage for Montebello. A bit modern, but done in a nice way. The wine of the tasting. My third vintage of this wine; 97, 2012 and 2013.

    7 people found this helpful Comment
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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 328 (4%)
  • In Cellars 6,601 (90%)
  • Consumed 437 (6%)

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