Red

2006 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 165

  • AllRed wrote: 95 points

    August 31, 2019 - Violet and lavender, currant, cedar, tobacco and subtle cassis elements. Currant, licorice, cherry and black currant. Long balanced finish.

  • Mascarello59 Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 24, 2019 - Enomatic sample. A clear step up in quality from the rest of this round of samples at the Hedonism wines. Deep dark fruit, figs, starting to show maturity and sweetness on the nose. Cassis attack that transcends into amore complex taste. High acidity, drying very fine tannins that are far from resolved. Lean and elegant. Starting to drink fine but this should benefit enormously from further cellaring. Give it another 10 years. 94-95p

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  • alexisonsmith Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 28, 2019 - Aromas of cassis, blackberry and current along with a little mocha, the palate was rich and full with ripe black fruit, liquorice and allspice, the finish was smooth and long. Plenty of life still in this win, I believe the best is yet to come. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc aged in majority new American Oak (97%) for 18 months.

  • Papies wrote: 93 points

    June 4, 2019 - Opened and left to rest for a good 40 minutes. Needed for the palate but the nose didn't really develop and the lack of a strong nose is the drawback of this wine. On the palate though its pretty much on the money and at a great time in its drinking window. On the soft and silky side, elegant wine and in a way classical and barring the richer fruit tit does feel very much old world. Light earthy tones, dark fruits, soft kiss of spice. Effortless wine and with an elegance that we will remember. Solid 93+

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  • JS199 wrote: 94 points

    June 2, 2019 - Decanted for 30 minutes. From a .375. Mouth coating and plenty of polished fruit. Nose is pretty absent. This is really good and has plenty of time.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santa Lucia Highlands, 2/14/2019 (link)

    (Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Ridge Monte Bello Revisited: 1968 – 2012 (Jul 2016), 7/1/2016 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/2/2010 (link)

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

  • By Julia Harding, MW
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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark ruby color; beautiful, berry, lavender, blueberry, caramel nose; tasty, rich, berry, blueberry, caramel, blackberry palate with sweet, fine tannins; needs 7-8 years; long finish (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/20/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Very dark red violet color; blackberry, green herb, charcoal, chocolate nose; tasty, tart berry, blackberry, chocolate, menthol palate; medium-plus finish 94+ pts. (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/7/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; lovely berry, blackberry, black fruit nose; tight, tasty, blackberry, berry, oak tannins; long finish (needs 7-10 years; 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/7/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark raspberry red color; big, berry, tart plum nose; tasty, solid, tart berry, currant, elderberry, eucalyptus palate, ageworthy, with grip; medium-plus finish (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/20/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Barrel sample (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc) (13.6% alcohol)– bright crimson color; lovely cassis, cherry and mint nose with a hint of olive tapenade; tasty palate of cassis and tart cherry, very tight but with plush and focused fruit and depth; medium-plus finish 92-94 pts.

    2006 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Franc component barrel sample (from a site near the North Gate) – super bright crimson red; nice, focused, herbaceous and green olive nose; excellent Cab Franc, with good body, tart cherry, good acidity; medium finish 92 pts. (This is so good, we wondered if they might separately bottle some, as they did in '02. Current plans, though, are to simply include this in the '06 Monte Bello.)

    2006 Ridge Monte Bello Petit Verdot component barrel sample (from the Olivos parcel) – crimson color; focused blackberry, cassis nose with a strong mint note; enters unassumingly, but opens in a burst of tart red fruit mid-palate; medium finish 90 pts. (the nose, and where it hits on the mid-palate, should make it a very useful component of the Monte Bello cuvee)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • 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, 091882366247, 098803018636, 185983000046, 4714127538976, 500000001767, 744442101009, 744442471003

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  • Pending Delivery 138 (3%)
  • In Cellars 4,002 (76%)
  • Consumed 1,134 (22%)

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