Red

1992 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 153

  • overkloud wrote: 95 points

    September 15, 2019 - It took half an hour to open up in the glass. We didn't decent it. Ripe Raspberry, cherry, plum mixed with leather, Chinese tea on the nose, on the palate it is very much consistent with nose. Bright acidity balances the fruit suggests it's a wine from cooler climate. Tannin is smooth, polished. Medium-long finish, minerality kicks in the late palate. It's a very elegant Bordeaux blend.

    In 3-4 hours the aroma fades away. It's more tea and leather dominating. After 4 hours the wine starts to lose its structure.

    Nevertheless I think it's still at it's peak or just past it. It's a beautiful wine. Certainly the best ridge I have had.

  • bubnos Likes this wine: 99 points

    May 24, 2019 - PnP, bottle sourced directly from producer. Cork stained slightly and some minor ullage below the capsule, but no problems with the wine.

    Rich nose, complex and smoky with almost quince and plum notes like from a sweeter wine. Flawless attack with everything present: soft, muted red fruit, a spine of acidity, fully integrated tannins, and spicy tertiary flavors of leather and cigar tailing off into a butter-smooth lingering finish. Indistinguishable from a perfectly aged First Growth Bordeaux and clearly the doyen of American wines. Bravo Ridge!

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  • dream Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 12, 2019 - Quite mature now with a beautiful Claret-like texture and delicious ripe but faded and earthy black cherry fruit. Good acidity underneath keeps it lifted and fresh and the finish is full of finesse with notes of dark spices and minerals. 12.7% alcohol. The good old days in Napa.

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  • nywine68 wrote: 96 points

    March 11, 2019 - Somm3 Tasting (Tribeca Grill): Gorgeous smokey nose. Vibrant fruit that's very alive with great tertiary development. Very nice underlying acidity. Light body but great depth of flavor. Delicious!

  • MAOC wrote:

    March 9, 2019 - Drunk alongside the 1990. Very similar profiles - hard to pick a favourite. The 1992 had slightly more exotic elements to the plum and dark cherry fruit and showed attractive cedar, leather and tobacco elements. Drinking brilliantly now and not sure will get better but felt at the earlier end of its maturity plateau. Clear *****

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  • By William Kelley
    Ridge Monte Bello Vertical, 11/27/2017 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    9/18/2016 (link)

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

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2000, IWC Issue #92 (link)

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/7/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - very dark red violet color; tart cassis, tart red plum nose; tasty, tart plum, cassis, mushroom palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

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

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - slightly bricking medium dark red violet color; nice mushroom, dried mushroom, tart currant nose; tasty, poised, silky textured, tart currant, mushroom palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/26/2010 (link) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - nearly opaque red violet color; maturing, tobacco, cigar box, dried berry nose; tasty, poised, ripe cassis, dried berry, tart plum, tobacco palate with a touch of menthol, much younger tasting than suggested by the nose; medium-plus finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot; decanted for 2 and a half hours)

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/20/2010 (link) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From 375 ml - bricking medium dark red violet color; tart red plum, dill, olive nose; tart red plum, cassis, dill, chocolate palate; medium finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1992
  • 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, 500000001767, 744442101009

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,133 (65%)
  • Consumed 599 (34%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

chocolate, hard & sharp cheeses, steak

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