Ridge Vineyards Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

$59.99

Ridge's 2014 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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Ratings on Delectable

Mary Jane Reiter Delectable Pro

Sommelier & Writer SpecialForkWines

Good now with plenty of firm tannins for ageing. Red cherry flavors after savory notes.

Good now with plenty of firm tannins for ageing. Red cherry flavors after savory notes.

9.5

Kyle Groombridge Delectable Pro

I loved this. I'm usually not swooned easily by California cab these days, but this bottle rocked me. Juicy rich sweet black fruit, vanilla and chocolate overtones and aromatics of cedar, market cherry, and eucalyptus. Dense but velvety on the finish. What a well-done cab from an oft-overlooked part of California. It probably didn't hurt that I had Georg Riedel pouring it for me out of a gorgeous decanter either.

I loved this. I'm usually not swooned easily by California cab these days, but this bottle rocked me. Juicy rich sweet black fruit, vanilla and chocolate overtones and aromatics of cedar, market cherry, and eucalyptus. Dense but velvety on the finish. What a well-done cab from an oft-overlooked part of California. It probably didn't hurt that I had Georg Riedel pouring it for me out of a gorgeous decanter either.

9.4

Yi-Fen Li

Intense sturdy silky bomb paired with cassoulet

Intense sturdy silky bomb paired with cassoulet

9.4

Sam Shepard

Brambleberry, violet and creme de cassis. Super silky

Brambleberry, violet and creme de cassis. Super silky

9.3

Manj Gunawardane

Juicy, delicious fruit and spice. Wonderfully balanced but did well with more air, even a day or two after popping. Drinking great now but would love to try this in 10+ years.

Juicy, delicious fruit and spice. Wonderfully balanced but did well with more air, even a day or two after popping. Drinking great now but would love to try this in 10+ years.

9.1

Jordan Franceschini

Overdelivers. Awesome red fruit profile.

Overdelivers. Awesome red fruit profile.

9.3

Krisann Hawkins

I didn’t love it but I wanted to at $56

I didn’t love it but I wanted to at $56

8.9

Emily Biskup

Fantastic ! Buy!!!!!! Great blend. Got better after being open an hour but was still ready to drink upon opening

Fantastic ! Buy!!!!!! Great blend. Got better after being open an hour but was still ready to drink upon opening

9.7

Laura Likos

A really nice, lighter cab blend.

A really nice, lighter cab blend.

9.2

Bret Barker

I love ridge so I’m probably bias but what a great Cabernet. Here to believe you get this quality at this price point. Well rounded, full bodied and solid fruit with a soft finish.

I love ridge so I’m probably bias but what a great Cabernet. Here to believe you get this quality at this price point. Well rounded, full bodied and solid fruit with a soft finish.

9.1

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