Red

2008 Ridge Monte Bello

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 101

  • mchern02 wrote: 93 points

    October 17, 2019 - 2 hour decant 375

    Nose of violet, dark chocolate, mint, crushed rock and cedar. Young and vibrant body with dark blueberry graphite and young tannins. Nice finish but young still.

    Drinks fresh and young but will improve with time.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • bob23 Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 11, 2019 - Still young, even in a 375 bottle. Mid weight, lively acidity, needed a little air to integrate, but lovely.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Mtpisgah Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 3, 2019 - Phenomenal wine. The nose is so expressive, it was almost enough just to smell it all night. The palate was even better, beautiful Bordeaux blend. The wine still tastes young.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • jamesdoeser wrote: 92 points

    June 22, 2019 - This was wonderful. Had with many meats at The Smiths before cottage life

  • Darkman wrote: 95 points

    May 24, 2019 - The bouquet is light outs - so intense, so much going on makes mouth salivate. The acidtiy is there balancing out the tannins and everything else

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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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.

WineAlign

  • By John Szabo, MS
    5/4/2011 (link)

    (Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains red) 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)

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

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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 126 (2%)
  • In Cellars 4,508 (79%)
  • Consumed 1,056 (19%)

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Community Recommendations

BBQ Elk Tenderloin, grilled lamb chops, grilled meats

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