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Ridge Monte Bello Proprietary Red Santa Cruz Mountains 2006

External Review by We Speak Wine:

ST: 93 Points

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External Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello Proprietary Red Santa Cruz Mountains

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/03/2010

ST: 93 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2011

(68% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 10% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep, bright ruby. Spicy, high-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco, rose and smoky Indian spices. Firm, mineral-driven dark berry flavors are given a firm edge by bitter cherry skin and pit notes, with the tobacco note repeating. Supple tannins add structure and carry through the long, sweet, smoky finish. This is showing gentler tannins than I usually expect from a young Monte Bello and Id bet on it being drinkable before the 2005 and 2004 versions. I also retasted the 2005 Monte Bello, which after a year in bottle is showing brighter red fruit and spicier mineral character than at this time last year, when I rated it 95 points. Its still a baby. I underestimated this wines potential and would now rate it 95(+?), with excellent cellaring potential. For the quality it is a steal as it can compare to any wine from the Napa Valley that sells for three or four times the money-or mo...



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