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1996 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains - Red

USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

Ridge Vineyards, known for its stellar reds, began when San Francisco doctor Osea Perrone bought 180 acres of land near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. The cellar, and present-day production site, was built into the mountainside on three levels. After success with several Cabernet Sauvignon vintages in the 1940s, the Perrone family decided to buy the terraces... More »

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95
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Comm: 2011-2016 VF: 2000-2020
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 92
Author olivierdongoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 75%
Tasted On 10/14/2013
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Author Kottabos
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.825%
Tasted On 11/24/2012

Ruby in color with pinkish highlights. Luscious nose of blackberries, black cherry, ginger, leather, and tar. Soft on the palate, though still expressing front to mid-palate tannins, this wine has mellowed with age but is a wonderfully elegant expression of California claret - so completely different from the often over-extracted wines celebrated today. History in a bottle.

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Author StuTarheel
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.389%
Tasted On 10/11/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Same type of flavor profile as the 1995. However, softer, rounder tannins and more integrated overall. More of a softer, supple mouthfeel. Dark berry fruit showing nicely with a very pleasant finish. Delicious, mature Bordeaux blend.

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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 08/22/2010

Mouth feel are silky with great minerality. What bothered me personally was a bit of excess oak on ther noise, however, guest liked it. Other than that, I think this is wine is in great balance in terms of acidity, tanin and fruit. I agree that '96 is drinking very well. I probably should not have blamed the aroma/flavor/tanin as oak. I remember when I was at 2009 Monte Bello component tasting, I tasted the same aroma/flavor/tanin in their Merlot. I asked the guy whether that is due to oak,he said the wine was in oak for a very short time, it should be its natural tanin. So I think I should probably attribute that quality as the signature Merlot profile in Monte Bello. It is there in many vintages and I often blamed it on American oak.

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Author MacBlythe
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.522%
Tasted On 04/17/2010

Excellent Cab right in its prime. Lots of fruit with minerals and oak.

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Author Larry H
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.727%
Tasted On 10/04/2009
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Author bkkchriss4
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.043%
Tasted On 10/14/2007
Drink Dates 2012
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