Ridge Vineyards Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

$59.99

Ridge's 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

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

Young. Strong tannins. Evolved throughout the tasting, but will need some time in the bottle to blossom into what appears to be a well structured Bordeaux blend.

Young. Strong tannins. Evolved throughout the tasting, but will need some time in the bottle to blossom into what appears to be a well structured Bordeaux blend.

8.7

Joe Davant

Bad photo, good wine. Dusty tannins, deep and multi-layered. A tiny bit vegetal at first with tart cherry notes, but time in glass allowed the deep blue fruits and cassis to come out. Paired well with a prime ribeye. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation @Bill Bender !!

Bad photo, good wine. Dusty tannins, deep and multi-layered. A tiny bit vegetal at first with tart cherry notes, but time in glass allowed the deep blue fruits and cassis to come out. Paired well with a prime ribeye. Thanks for the restaurant recommendation @Bill Bender !!

9.1

Lance Williams

Tasted at the March 2019 Montebello Collector event

Tasted at the March 2019 Montebello Collector event

9.1

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