Red

1995 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 142

  • slywka7 Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 5, 2020 - Not sure how long been open. Aromas of dried cherry, earth, wood and blackberry. Flavors of blackberry, dried cherry, earth and currant. Still in great shape. Ends with a long finish of 30-35 seconds.

  • levinml wrote: 94 points

    December 25, 2019 - Sorry I don't have more. This is drinking well right now, with everything in balance. Will hold on a while, but concur that the window is starting to close.

  • dbg wrote:

    December 21, 2019 - Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Dark red core, minimal lightening at the rim. Forward complex nose with ripe dark fruit, cassis, oak, leather, moist earth, bell pepper. Medium to full body, concentrated, youthful layered ripe fruit on the palate, well balanced with minerally acidity and mellowtannins, showing some earthy complexity and oak on the medium-long finish.Excellent now and youthful, may improve further over the next 5 years and last another decade beyond that.

    This paired beautifully with grilled butterflied leg of lamb. The group was split over preferring this vs. the 2004 Harlan Estate. I preferred the complexity and balance of the Ridge.

  • dcwino wrote: 94 points

    November 1, 2019 - A lost Friday afternoon gathering – Mostly blind, some double blind (Blacksalt, Washington DC): The nose is very similar to wine 2, noticeable American oak and ripe black fruit. However, it is less evolved. Expressive nose displaying ripe black fruit with a hint of red, cremes de cassis, blackberry jam, plum, bell pepper, ash, lead pencil, leather and earth. Very good concentration, layers upon layers of ripe black fruit, bright acidity, limestone mineral, slight coarse tannins and a medium to long ripe black fruit driven finish with ash and oak at the end. This remains very youthful and can improve for another decade.

  • Ms. Bubblehead Likes this wine:

    March 30, 2019 - Year of the pig dinner

    1995 Ridge Monte Bello
    If I blind tasted this wine I would have guessed it is a left bank Bordeaux, this was the classic older style of Ridge. On the nose, soil, light leather, cigar, smoke, and violet, on the palate, quite elegant with a lot of herbs, rosemary, smoke, and smooth tannin. A great bottle. The blend was 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot

    Wines we had:
    1983 latour, 1983 mouton, 1983 chavel blanc; 1995 mouton, 1995 chavel blanc, 1995 haut Brion, 1995 latour , 1995 vega sicilia, 1995 ridge monte bello, 1995 Pichon lalande

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  • By Elaine Chukan Brown
    10/21/2018 (link)

    (Ridge, Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 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)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1995 Cabernets (Jun 2016), 6/1/2016 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/21/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/6/2014 (link)

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Vinous

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

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

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2008, Issue #16, The Golden Age of California Cabernet Part Two

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  • By John Kapon
    Cali Cabs Then and Somewhat Now plus Top 100 Weekend Teaser, 4/10/2005

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Vinous

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

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    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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  • By William Kelley
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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/17/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Medium dark ruby color; nice, mature, herbal, cedar, stewed plum nose; mature, tasty, tart plum, cedar, herbal, American oak dill palate with medium acidity; at peak, should go 5-7 more years; medium-plus finish 92+ points (tasted much more mature than only 16 years old; 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; lovely cassis, slightly herbal, plum, cedar nose; tight, youthful, tart cassis, red plum, cedar palate with a touch of herb; long finish 92+ points (69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)

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

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Crimson color; focused cassis, blackberry and mint nose; plush palate of cassis, with sweet, firm tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2006 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon) This has a very good nose, very deep and meaty, complex, with some red fruit character alongside notes of pickling spices. The palate is quite complete and textured, and deeply structured. There is still a core of firm tannins, with a meaty style. This is very good indeed.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • 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 500000001767, 744442101009, 744442671953

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,294 (66%)
  • Consumed 671 (34%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Steak, Lam, lamb, Okse, roast red meat

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