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2008 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
92
IWC 95(+?)
WS 92
JR 18
WA 97+
Drink Dates
Comm: 2018-2035 WA: 2018-2038 WS: 2013-2024
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3.0L $650.00
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IWC 95(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 159

(72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot; 13.3% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis, candied licorice and graphite, along with a suave floral oil quality that gains strength with air. Deeply pitched dark berry flavors show a liqueur-like intensity, as well as notes of smoky Indian spices, violet and vanilla. Ripe but quite vibrant, wih superb finishing clarity and persistence. This extremely young wine makes the case that high alcohol isn't a prerequisite for intensity or power in California cabernet.

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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2018-2034

Very correct and with lots of lift. Dry finish and wonderfully complex though embryonic.

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WA 97+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 196
Drink Dates 2018-2038

The 2008 Monte Bello is striking. It is a decidedly muscular Monte Bello endowed with layers of dark fruit. Tobacco, mint, asphalt and crushed rocks develop in the glass, adding tons of complexity and finesse. A long, saline finish rounds things out beautifully. In 2008 the cold growing season stretched into October and the wine definitely has the feel of a cool vintage. The spring frost and the second year of drought conditions lowered yields significantly. Yields were just 1.25 tons per acre on average, but some of the older vineyards came in at less than 1 ton per acre. The balance of fruit, tannin and structure is simply extraordinary, but the wine needs time, most likely lots of it. In 2008 the blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2013-2024

Very tight, dense, tense and firm, with aromas of road tar, dried currant and dried tobacco leaf offering plenty of enticement, picking up gamy earth and black licorice notes. Retains its trim, narrow band of flavors and focus. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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Author richie g
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.495%
Tasted On 06/12/2013

Of bottle. Very Green.

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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.124%
Tasted On 09/21/2011

Very young, needs more time.

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Author RidgeLovers
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.058%
Tasted On 05/20/2011
Drink Dates 2018-2035
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