Ridge Vineyards Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

$55

Ridge's 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvigon is what we call "baby Monte Bello" and an amazing buy in Cabernet. The Monte Bello vineyard was first planted when the winery was built, in 1886. In the early 1940s, the last of the old vineyard was abandoned; in the late forties a few blocks were replanted. Those cabernet vines - now sixty years old - produced the first Ridge Monte Bello in 1962, and subsequent vintages until the mid-seventies. By then, blocks replanted during the sixties were maturing, and their fruit considered for use in the Monte Bello. A number of those consistently produced a softer, more accessible wine and were combined as the stylistically distinct Santa Cruz Mountains Estate.

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Perched high atop the North Atlantic plate in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ridge’s Monte Bello property boasts a rich lineage that goes all the way back to the 1880s. Even today, the drive up the winding roads that lead to the top of Monte Bello is arduous. It’s virtually impossible to imagine what conditions must have been like 130 years ago. Ridge's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is fabulous. Beams of tannin and acidity make a strong opening statement, but there is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine's frame. This is an especially dark, virile Estate. Then again, that is 2013. Inky blue-purplish fruit, licorice, sage, exotic spices, and lavender grace the exquisite finish. This is an absolutely delicious mountain Cabernet endowed with real pedigree and class. It is also arguably the single greatest value in California Cabernet Sauvignon. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jul 2016)

Perched high atop the North Atlantic plate in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Ridge’s Monte Bello property boasts a rich lineage that goes all the way back to the 1880s. Even today, the drive up the winding roads that lead to the top of Monte Bello is arduous. It’s virtually impossible to imagine what conditions must have been like 130 years ago. Ridge's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is fabulous. Beams of tannin and acidity make a strong opening statement, but there is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine's frame. This is an especially dark, virile Estate. Then again, that is 2013. Inky blue-purplish fruit, licorice, sage, exotic spices, and lavender grace the exquisite finish. This is an absolutely delicious mountain Cabernet endowed with real pedigree and class. It is also arguably the single greatest value in California Cabernet Sauvignon. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jul 2016)

9.4

Lyle Fass Delectable Pro

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Pretty vanilla nose, good balance, but it's a little woody for me.

Pretty vanilla nose, good balance, but it's a little woody for me.

9.0

boyd pearson Delectable Pro

So consistent.

So consistent.

9.0

Eric Bass Delectable Pro

Holy sh*t - absolute crap! Worst I've tasted in a long while.

Holy sh*t - absolute crap! Worst I've tasted in a long while.

7.0

Megan Fenlon

Fantastic wine!

Fantastic wine!

8.9

Michael O'Sullivan

Insane.

Insane.

9.5

Y Kwon

Really nice showing.

Really nice showing.

9.1

Hamilton Leithauser

Great. Pricey.

Great. Pricey.

9.5

E & K G

Apparently the first vintage in 50yrs they moved the harvest to September from October. A beaut and would have loved to decant it properly to see its full potential. #wheninamerica #drinkamerican

Apparently the first vintage in 50yrs they moved the harvest to September from October. A beaut and would have loved to decant it properly to see its full potential. #wheninamerica #drinkamerican

9.1

Evilroy Slade

Solid cab

Solid cab

9.0

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