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Ridge Monte Bello 2011
"The 2011 Monte Bello (87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc) emerges from the glass with tobacco, grilled herbs, smoke, incense and plums melding together in this soft, beautifully textured Monte Bello. The 2011 is a wine of exceptional textural finesse. The 100% new oak is totally integrated. In 2011, Ridge used a total of 18 of a possible 24 lots for the final blend. The presence of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon is the highest since the 1980s." -Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (93-95 Points)*DOUBLE MAGNUM*
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Fairly simple cab, not a lot going on but not bad for a mid-week quaff at a good price.
Personally, I find this wine deeper in flavors with a medium tannin structure, ripe fruit with a medium finish. However, I do believe that a little more time in the bottle will round out the wine. For the price; Good Value
External Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello
The 2011 Montes Classic Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 15% Merlot and offers a simple black currant, vanilla and violet bouquet that is joyful and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin, crisp raspberry and dark cherry fruit, zesty acidity and lovely focus on the finish. At this price, it would be hard to find a better Cabernet. Drink now–2016.
A good value in a classic, not-too-heavy Cabernet that appeals to pretty much everyone. Bright red currant and black cherry notes dominate, with fresh mouthfeel and smooth tannins.
This is fresh though with plenty of the classic exoticism that almost always marks the nose of a fine Mont de Milieu. There is a beguiling succulence to the round but powerful and well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that exude a distinct saline character on the extract rich and exceptionally persistent finish. This is terrific and worth your attention. - Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding Burghound.
This is fresh though with plenty of the classic exoticism that almost always marks the nose of a fine Mont de Milieu. There is a beguiling succulence to the round but powerful and well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that exude a distinct saline c... Burghound A Chardonnay wine from Burgundy in France. 2011 2011 Billaud Domaine Samuel Chablis Mont De Milieu Chardonnay 750ml
Ridge Vineyards is an historic winery located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Known for their Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet which placed 5th in the famous Judgment in Paris tasting, this is a historic vineyard, first planted in the late 1800's. Revived and revitalized in the early 1960's, proprietor and Winemaker Paul Draper focuses on expressing the terroir of this extraordinary mountain vineyard with yields less than 2 tons per acre. This Estate Cab is sourced entirely form the Monte Bello Vineyard. Lots are carefully selected that show a more forward, approachable style. The final blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 21 months in 100% American oak barrels. Antonio Galloni scored it 92 points saying "Ridge's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is quite laid back in this vintage. Sweet floral notes meld into red stone fruits, pomegranate and cinnamon. In keeping with the style of the year, the 2011 is medium in body, feminine and gracious. Best of all, it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate."
Food Pairings for Ridge Monte Bello
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Dietary Information: Organic
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