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2005 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 »

Score
95
JR 18.5
WA 97+
WS 88
IWC 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2030 WA: 2010-2035 WS: 2012-2019
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IWC 95
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135

(70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, yellow rose, Asian spices and vanilla bean; you could use this for incense. Deep and sweet but remarkably precise, offering powerful dark berry and kirsch flavors supported by substantial, velvety tannins. The fruit plows through the finish with superb energy, depth and clarity, fully absorbing the tannins. A big but wonderfully balanced example of Monte Bello, and sure to reward extended cellaring.

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JR 18.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2015-2035

Rich and and slightly pruney with particularly ripe tannins. This clearly needs time but it’s very impressive, in an autumnal, briary way, yet it’s racy and muscular. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc – a relatively high proportion of Petit Verdot.

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WA 97+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 187
Drink Dates 2010-2035

Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Monte Bello should be one of the all-time greats made at this estate. It offers a dense purple color, an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, black fruits, and a hint of oak. It also has an unctuous texture. As with all rich wines, the oak component plays a complementary role in the wine's nuances. A seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol is found in this rich, elegant, pure, dense beauty. There is a certain accessibility to the 2005 that is unusual by Monte BelloâÂ?Â?s standards, and it will age effortlessly for 25+a years.

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WS 88
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2012-2019

Bordeaux-like in its structure and flavor profile. Tightly wound, firm and compact, with dried currant, sage, mineral and hints of cedar and leather, fanning out on the finish, where the flavors are juicy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

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Author Red Sox Fan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 03/23/2013
Drink Dates 2015+
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Author Danl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.79%
Tasted On 07/28/2012
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Author Kraz
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.333%
Tasted On 03/06/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2030

RP Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Monte Bello should be one of the all-time greats made at this estate. It offers a dense purple color, an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, black fruits, and a hint of oak. It also has an unctuous texture. As with all rich wines, the oak component plays a complementary role in the wine's nuances. A seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol is found in this rich, elegant, pure, dense beauty. There is a certain accessibility to the 2005 that is unusual by Monte Bello's standards, and it will age effortlessly for 25+a years.

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Author Chip
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.549%
Tasted On 07/18/2009

I tasted this at the winery on 7/18/09. It had a wonderful bouquet of cassis, blackberry, cocoa powder, spice, vanilla and toast aromas. The palate was incredibly smooth with velvety tannins and flavors that followed the nose. It needs a lot of time, but is going to be absolutely fabulous.

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