Ridge Vineyards Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

$179.99

One of California's original Classic Cabernets! 96 Points Antonio Galloni:  "The 2014 Monte Bello is bright, precise and finely sculpted throughout, with a slightly more reddish leaning flavor profile than is found in some of the surrounding vintages. In 2014, Monte Bello is built on bright, pulsating acidity and energy. Relative to recent vintages such as 2012, 2013 and 2015, the 2014 is a bit compact and tightly wound. The slightly nervous style is likely to require at least a decade to be fully appreciated. In 2014, the blend is more typical of Monte Bello than the Cabernet-dominated 2013, with a greater role for Merlot and other complementary grapes. The only real issue with the 2014 is that it is sandwiched between two truly epic vintages.." Judgment of Paris Winner: On May 24, 2006, a 30 year re-enactment of the Judgment of Paris was organized, this time with simultaneous tastings in London and in Napa at Copia. Paralleling the 1976 event, nine expert tasters at each location judged the original red wines, now over thirty years old. The winning wine in both the US and UK was the Ridge Monte Bello 1971. The Monte Bello vineyard was first planted back in 1886, but was essentially abandoned after Prohibition. It was replanted in 1949, and has been the source of one of Ridge's best known wines since it was first made in 1962.

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Ratings on Delectable

Casey Curbow Delectable Pro

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

Classic impression of California

Classic impression of California

9.0

Severn Goodwin Delectable Pro

Ridge Vineyards Dinner; 15 December 2017 at Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA

Ridge Vineyards Dinner; 15 December 2017 at Wheatleigh, Lenox, MA

9.2

Bev Crair

Still excellent. Not as big as Others, but classic Ridge.

Still excellent. Not as big as Others, but classic Ridge.

9.2

John Singer

Delicious wine. Nose of leather and red berries. Medium tannins. Notes of raspberries, cedar, and vanilla.

Delicious wine. Nose of leather and red berries. Medium tannins. Notes of raspberries, cedar, and vanilla.

9.3

Amit Srivastava

dry , just yummy ... wow almost as good as the Montebello at a much much much better price point !!

dry , just yummy ... wow almost as good as the Montebello at a much much much better price point !!

9.2

Amit Srivastava

Bold ! Drank better than expected as a ‘14

Bold ! Drank better than expected as a ‘14

9.4

Misty

Very good. Historic winery. Need to visit.

Very good. Historic winery. Need to visit.

9.4

Matthew Sabato

Way more accessible than I thought, though just a baby.

Way more accessible than I thought, though just a baby.

9.4

Anna Sangiacomo

MOW ~ 30th Annual Star & Chefs & Vintners Gala

MOW ~ 30th Annual Star & Chefs & Vintners Gala

9.4

Colleen Tomasello

Full bodied. Berry overtones. Excellent nose!

Full bodied. Berry overtones. Excellent nose!

9.4

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