Ridge Monte Bello 1991

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White Plains, NY (240 mi)
USD 160.00
750ml
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Liquory on the nose with nice freshness and notes of coffee beans, dilly American oak, fudge and toast help to frame the sweet, slightly jammy blac... Read more

Very bright on the nose with red currant fruit and a hint of boysenberry all joined by very complex notes of vanilla, raw meat, sun dried tomato, a... Read more

Spicy pool nose, with dustiness. Jammy black cherry, light spice, rubber on finish (good). Funky, cool. Silky+ texture. Still life left in it. Stra... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065196,105
4.00 5
01/26/2010

Liquory on the nose with nice freshness and notes of coffee beans, dilly American oak, fudge and toast help to frame the sweet, slightly jammy black berry fruit. In the mouth this is a bit simple and a bit short but the fruit is pleasantly spicy with a nice crisp edge to the black berry tones. The tannins are present but well integrated, just supporting the sweet rich fruit. A very nice example a California Cabernet and peak and perhaps just beginning to fade away 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065196,105
0.00 5
01/26/2010

Very bright on the nose with red currant fruit and a hint of boysenberry all joined by very complex notes of vanilla, raw meat, sun dried tomato, and balsamic notes. This smells down right sweet. In the mouth this is very rich and seems to have been acidified. The mid-palate is hollow and remarkable soft considering the acids on the finish, which is also bitter. The nose was promising but this bottle is a disaster 80pts I’ve had this wine several times and it has consistently been one of the greatest California Cabernets I have had the pleasure to drink. I can only hope that this was a bad bottle.


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Snooth User: joshwoodward
129954234
4.50 5
05/15/2009

Spicy pool nose, with dustiness. Jammy black cherry, light spice, rubber on finish (good). Funky, cool. Silky+ texture. Still life left in it. Strawberry. Peach?


External Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
05/18/2010

Ridge has released two top-notch Cabernet Sauvignons that are completely different in style. In total contrast to the 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello exhibits the classic austerity found in Bordeaux, with a reserved but highly complex bouquet of licorice, cassis, and lead pencil. It is a rich, almost measured wine in its restraint, but there is considerable intensity, and the wine offers outstanding extraction of flavor, full body, and gobs of tannin. Given the glacial pace at which most Monte Bellos evolve, this wine is not likely to be fully mature for another 10-15 years; it will last for 25-30 years.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/21/2010

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1991 Ridge Monte Bello 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/05/2011

Full, youthful red-ruby color. Knockout nose of cassis, maple syrup, game, truffle and spicy oak; sappy and highly complex. Powerful, primary dark berry flavors exude a sweet gamey quality. Dense but sharply delineated. Great flavor intensity without... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1991 Ridge Monte Bello 750ml


External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRidge has released two top-notch Cabernet Sauvignons that are completely different in style. In total contrast to the 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 1991 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello exhibits the classic austerity found in Bordeaux, with a reserved but highly complex bouquet of licorice, cassis, and lead pencil. It is a rich, almost measured wine in its restraint, but there is considerable intensity, and the wine offers outstanding extraction of flavor, full body, and gobs of tannin. Given the glacial pace at which most Monte Bellos evolve, this wine is not likely to be fully mature for another 10-15 years; it will last for 25-30 years.


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