Red

2008 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 95

  • guitarguy wrote: 92 points

    April 22, 2019 - Looked nearly freshly bottles, bright, vibrant purple and cranberry hues. On the palate still quite young, with mint and blue fruit framed by caressing tannin and just a hint of acidic bite. Nice cranberry, souls bois and oak notes in the nose. Encouraging.

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  • mflesh wrote: 96 points

    April 19, 2019 - This one just kind of fell out of the cellar. Sorry Shay. In a really, really nice place. Mature black cherry and some graphite. Very full bodied. Acidic opening. Aged black fruit in just the right spot. Hint of herb and tobacco. Quite nice. Finish has some tannin which is starting to drop off, but overall the structure of this wine still very much leans to the youthful side. This wine is singing. 72% cab with the balance Merlot.

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  • lebo Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 13, 2019 - Definitely new world. Definitely needs time. Lots of oak, but still lots of dark fruit, tobacco and leather that balances it out. Need to give it time.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 10, 2018 - Very hard to get a read on this young 'un, with unintegrated oak masking the core of gentle fruit. Needs a decade+.

  • jgreco Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 10, 2018 - Wine Advocate: Grand Walkabout Tasting (New York, NY): Still a baby at 10 years of age. The 2008 was bright and fresh on the palate with a lot of primary red fruit characteristics. Great acidity that lingers into a long finish. This felt very "new world" in character next to the more austere 1996.

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernets (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

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

Decanter

  • By Jon BonnĂ©
    Top USA Bordeaux-style blends, 7/26/2012 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/15/2011 (link)

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

Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

    (Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains) 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 Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/11/2009 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/19/2013 (link) 94 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) From magnum - very dark red violet color; maturing, tart berry, violets, tart black currant nose; tasty, maturing, rich, tart black currant, violets, cedar, cassis cream palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011 (link) 88 points

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark ruby color; tart cassis, oak, menthol nose; youthful, tart cassis, oaky, menthol palate; medium finish (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc)

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

    (Ridge Monte Bello) Dark red violet color; Lovely, rich, cassis, red berry nose; tasty, rich, poised, ripe cassis, red currant, tart plum palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points (72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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, 4714127538976, 744442101009, 744442279005, 744442471003

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 137 (2%)
  • In Cellars 4,423 (80%)
  • Consumed 990 (18%)

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Community Recommendations

BBQ Elk Tenderloin, grilled lamb chops, grilled meats

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