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Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Premier 1995

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Editorial Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Premier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,265
4.00 5
04/24/2009

95cmb-bg.jpg Well this vintage is an entirely different beast. Certainly more vegetal on the nose with a much heavier overlay of toasty, smoky oak, earth and tea notes. There's a touch of leather here as well and a more obvious eucalyptus tone. In the mouth the structural elements are both more formidable and less well integrated than with the 1994 and that keeps the wine a bit blocky and short. The fruit is more towards the red end of the spectrum but continues to be dominated by the tannins which turn a bit drying towards the back end. This needs time but it lacks some of the purity and elegance that propels the 94 to such heights. 89pts


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Snooth User: aandvnyc
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4.00 5
01/13/2008

cellared well. was quite drinkable 10 yrs back and even more so now. adequate fruit and complexity for most meals


External Reviews for Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Premier

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Source: Epic Cellars
04/28/2010

The 1995 Monte Bello is actually a Proprietary Red Wine as the blend is 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. It was made from an extremely severe selection of only 25% of the harvest. Paul Draper feels it is the biggest, brawniest, and most muscular Monte Bello of the 1990s, and in need of 10-15 more years of cellaring. This saturated ruby/purple-colored effort is still backward, with a closed nose of minerals, oak, and subtle black fruits. In the mouth, it is large-scaled, tannic, rich, and long, but nearly abrasive because of the wine's high tannin level. This youthful, muscular, monster Monte Bello will require significant cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.



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