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2001 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello 1.5L
2001 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2001 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 115

($120; the 40th anniversary bottling of this great wine, with the highest alcohol ever, at 14.2%) Bright medium ruby. Highly complex aromas of currant, lead pencil, tobacco and chocolate. Rich, lush and deep, with full-blown, superripe flavors of cassis, black raspberry and chocolate. This has considerably more merlot than the 2002 (36%), and it shows it in its extravagantly creamy texture. Finishes with sweet tannins and outstanding length. I don't recall ever having tasted a Monte Bello as close to overripe as this one. But a compelling wine that's utterly voluptuous drinking already.

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WA
99

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 195

A resoundingly great effort from this iconic producer, Ridge's 2001 is a spectacular, still young but promising wine. Interestingly, 60% of the production from the winery's 108 acre Monte Bello Vineyard made it into the 2001's final blend (their 40th anniversary, by the way). The unusual blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 36% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. It also carries 14.2% alcohol, which is high for this estate. On the back label, the conservative Paul Draper writes that '5-8 years of bottle age will bring generous rewards, and 20 years will bring full maturity.â?� At age 10, it is still an infant in terms of development, and I would not be surprised to see this 2001 last 40 years. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by extravagant, generous aromas of pen ink, lead pencil shavings, spice box and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied and silky textured, but secondary nuances have not yet begun to develop as it is still very primary, tasting more like a 3-4 year old Monte Bello than one that is ten years of age. Nevertheless, it reveals spectacular concentration, a voluptuous texture, a rare opulence for a Ridge Monte Bello, and an incredible finish. The upside is enormous and this cuvee may prove somewhat atypical due to the huge percentage of Merlot in the final blend and the higher than normal alcohol. But make no mistake about this Monte Bello ' it is a great wine. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Gorgeous. Dense, rich and concentrated, with a tight core of blackberry and wild berry with floral and berry jam touches. Tight yet expressive, softening ever so slightly and ending with a persistent push of mineral and berry. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2022. 3,000 cases made.

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VF
95

Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team

A magnificent wine by any measure - Monte Bello is the epitome of not trying to make a wine better by making more of it. The yields from this historic property are usually in the realm of a half ton per acre. The 2001 may rival the legendary 1970 Monte Bello (a Wine Spectator 96 point wine), for excellence. The nose shows the textbook mineral and anise, accompanied by smooth flavors of caramel, cedar, dark cherry and lush currant.

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Community Reviews

97

SingKevin Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 09/09/2011

92

GrapesofWrath Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 02/04/2011

Subtle, meaty, coffee-tinged presence to the nose. Graphite, dried-sage and cherries on the palate. Nice harmony, with good tannic structure and a big grip of especially sweet tannins.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

90

Rmann Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 08/25/2010

Took 1.5 hours to open 'fully', of course it could have still been opening but alas 750ml doesn't go as far as you'd hope from time to time. Was very subtle at first, good mineral content - soft berries, medium finish.

95

rphillips26 Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 07/21/2010 Drink Dates: 2005-2035

96

taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/11/2009

Fabulous. Not giving much on the nose. Such poise with distinct masculinity. All components well integrated with dark fruit coming through nicely. Great balance and structured to age. Enjoy now but will no doubt will even better in 2-5 years.

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