Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

$179.99

One of California's original Classic Cabernets! 98 Points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Monte Bello is one of the most harmonious young Monte Bellos I can remember tasting. Seamless and voluptuous through to the finish, the 2012 is showing beautifully today. Raspberry jam, pomegranate, white flowers, mint and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. A wine with a distinctly red-hued profile, silky tannins, no hard edges and exceptional overall balance, the 2012 Monte Bello is simply magnificent. The 2012 is racy but also impeccably balanced throughout, with shades of the 2001 that come through from time to time. I won't be surprised if the 2013 and 2014 both eventually surpass it, but there is no denying that the 2012 is simply stunning today. This is one of the best showings yet for the 2012." 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

Lyle Fass Delectable Pro

Founder Fass Selections

Stunning. Balanced and deep. Way too young but super impressed.

Stunning. Balanced and deep. Way too young but super impressed.

9.6

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

This is a beautiful wine that should age well for decades. #ridgevineyards

This is a beautiful wine that should age well for decades. #ridgevineyards

9.3

George Chen Delectable Pro

Too young to drink but very much like its brethren!

Too young to drink but very much like its brethren!

9.2

Joe Paradise Delectable Pro

Flavorful, dark, succulent. Its has depth but also restraint. At 13.6% you can feel its power but has perfect balance of ultra refined tannins and soft acidity. Blueberry, cocoa, crushed asphalt and a long finish. Tasted 2013 at their lytton springs estate. If its this good now... Oh the places it will go!

Flavorful, dark, succulent. Its has depth but also restraint. At 13.6% you can feel its power but has perfect balance of ultra refined tannins and soft acidity. Blueberry, cocoa, crushed asphalt and a long finish. Tasted 2013 at their lytton springs estate. If its this good now... Oh the places it will go!

9.6

Brad Hemmer Delectable Pro

Insane!

Insane!

9.8

WineMascot Delectable Pro

2013, PV had some serious influence on the nose currently, give this 20 years!

2013, PV had some serious influence on the nose currently, give this 20 years!

9.2

Matt Lasater Delectable Pro

Baby but so good. Great life ahead of it. Juicy currants and black plums, hints of spiced red fruits, fresh vanilla, spice cake, tobacco leaf, slightly chunky tannins that are persistent and will go the long haul. Love how vibrant it was even though it was wound up.

Baby but so good. Great life ahead of it. Juicy currants and black plums, hints of spiced red fruits, fresh vanilla, spice cake, tobacco leaf, slightly chunky tannins that are persistent and will go the long haul. Love how vibrant it was even though it was wound up.

9.0

Matt Krueger Delectable Pro

Quite a wine. Highest tannin levels in the history of monte bello but still held in check by the concentration. Needs time but going to be killer

Quite a wine. Highest tannin levels in the history of monte bello but still held in check by the concentration. Needs time but going to be killer

9.6

Lee Lightfoot Delectable Pro

This is a brooding beast. Gonna slay in about 15 years.

This is a brooding beast. Gonna slay in about 15 years.

9.4

Garrett Parker

An amazing year for Ridge Monte Bello.

An amazing year for Ridge Monte Bello.

9.7

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