Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
From Marisol Leon, Sales Coordinator: "I was first introduced to Ridge here at BPW and got better acquainted with it when we went on our fabulous company field trip to the winery, that’s when I realized Ridge can do no wrong!
I’ve tried Ridge Geyserville, Lytton Springs, East Bench and of course the amazing Monte Bello and every time I’m pleasantly surprised at how awesome this wine is! I would consider myself a newbie when it comes to the wine world, but I know what I like and I know what I don’t and Ridge is definitely at the top of my list! "
Rated 92 points by the Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: `The 2007 Monte Bello is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by attractive aromas of incense, red and black currants, spice, and forest floor. Much lighter in the mouth with less concentration and texture than the 2006, 2005, and 2003, the 2007 is built along the lines of the 2004. There is a slight lack of intensity in this offering (yields were almost twice as high in 2007 as they were in 2005), but it is a very pretty effort made in a lighter, more elegant, restrained style. It reveals lots of blue, black, and red fruits, medium body, good acidity, and a fine finish. The extremely cold weather in late September as well as the wet October has had an impact on the 2007 in contrast to what happened further north in Napa and Sonoma. While it does not represent a great classic, the 2007 will certainly last 15 or more years.`-- Robert Parker in the Wine AdvocateAdditional Notes from the Wine Advocate: `Ridge`s iconic Monte Bello Proprietary Red (no longer called Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the candidates for the longest-lived Bordeaux blend made in California. Even vintages from the late sixties and early seventies are still vibrant wines. The winery owns just over 100 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines, and production varies enormously based on the mountain climate. With respect to this group of wines, the smallest yields were achieved in 2005, and the highest in 2007. The selection process here is relatively severe. For their Monte Bello, the flagship wine, 32% of the production was used in 2003, 38% in 2004, 49% in 2005, 39% in 2006, and 41% in 2007. These wines continue to be anomalies in the sense that the Cabernet Sauvignon component is aged in American oak, a somewhat contrarian procedure since most top producers long ago moved to French oak. The Santa Cruz Mountains cuvees, essentially a second wine culled out from Monte Bello, are also high quality efforts from Ridge. Each of the vintages I tasted reflects the vintage conditions in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Three 2008 barrel samples reveal a consistent, high quality style with slightly more elevated alcohol contents.`
|Stone The Crows Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard -- 2015 1.5L (5)||WA94, VN95||$295.00|
|Stone The Crows Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard -- 2015 (10)||WA94, VN95||$130.00|
|Roberts and Rogers Cabernet Sauvignon Louer Family -- 2014 (27)||WA94||$75.00|
|Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve -- 2015 (6)||$159.99|
|Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Estate -- 2014 (1)||VN95||$225.00 *|
|Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate -- 2014 (13)||$79.99|
|Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon -- 2015 (13)||JD99||$209.95|
|Ridge Monte Bello -- 2014 (5)||VN96||$179.00|
|Stone The Crows Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard 375mL -- 2015 (18)||WA94, VN95||$77.00|
|Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate -- 2014 1.5L (4)||$159.99|