Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2010

$164.99

SKU RIDGE

750ml

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Estate-grown Monte Bello grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and sorted. Fermented on the native yeasts, full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria. 0.11 g/L calcium carbonate to moderate the unusually high natural acidity in four of the seventeen parcels; minimum effective sulfur (30 ppm at crush, 99 ppm during aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions. High atop the cool Santa Cruz Mountains, our Monte Bello estate is an ideal site for the Bordeaux varietals.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Brand Ridge Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 13.2%
  • wa91+

Wine AdvocateRidge's flagship offering, the 2010 Monte Bello, composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc (13.2% alcohol), was harvested in October and yields were under two tons of fruit per acre. Boasting a deeper ruby/purple color than the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits attractive aromas of creme de cassis, dark berries, earth and spice. Firm, rich, structured and broodingly backward, it needs at least 7-8 years of bottle age, and should keep for three decades. Certainly outstanding, although not one of Ridge's greatest Monte Bellos, time will favor its further development.

Antonio Galloni, October 2013
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastOne of the lowest-alcohol prestige Cabs on the market, Ridge's 2010 bottling is dry, softly tannic and light in body for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet it's complex in flavor, offering tiers of blackberries, cherries, currants, herbs and spices. Wants some time, but not a lot. Drink 2015-2018.

Steve Heimoff, August 1, 2013
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorBordeaux-like in terms of structure, austerity and taut flavor profile, this is well done, offering a mix of dried berry, herb, cherry, road tar, smoke and graphite notes, ending with licorice-laced tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2030. 3,250 cases made.

James Laube, 2014