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2001 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1011204

Price: $329.99

RP 97 VN 97 WE 97
W&S 95 WS 95
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K&L Notes

96 points, Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Full, bright ruby-red. Initially reserved, youthful nose opened slowly to reveal aromas of blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate, graphite, tobacco and spices. Wonderfully ripe, almost liqueur-like on entry, then plush and thick but vibrant in the middle, with highly concentrated black fruit, bitter chocolate, tobacco and mineral flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity. A wonderfully complete, sweet, youthful wine with the added creaminess--but no loss of energy--from a strong dollop of Merlot. This was the 40th anniversary bottling for this California classic, and its listed alcohol of 14.2% was the highest to date. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and outstanding persistence. In the context of Monte Bello, this wine is remarkably ripe, sweet and rich, and it should still go on in a cool cellar for at least another couple decades." (06/2020)

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Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    2/12/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    I brought a bottle of this to Quattro restaurant in the Four Seasons for their "Friday Nights Uncorked" promotion, when they invite you to bring your own wine. My oldest friend and I enjoyed the wine with Quattro's 16oz bone-in Piedmont rib-eye, and went for the black truffles on top for good measure. This is the biggest, ripest, most opulent Monte Bello I have tasted, and since Cinnamon worked up there for years I have been fortunate enough to taste a lot. At 12 years old it is still young, but certainly into its drinking window. I can't recommend it highly enough for a steak night!

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