2001 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello 1.5L

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2001 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Wine Advocate | 99

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.

Drink Dates: 2020-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2022
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2007-2030
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 97
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 09/09/2011
Score: 92
Author: 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.

Score: 90
Author: 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.
Score: 95
Author: rphillips26
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 07/21/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2035
Score: 96
Author: 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.
More Vintages and Sizes of Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello:

2011 (3.0L)
2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2009 (3.0L)
2008 (3.0L)
2007 (1.5L)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)

About This Producer


Ridge Vineyards, known for its stellar reds, began when San Francisco doctor Osea Perrone bought 180 acres of land near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. The cellar, and present-day production site, was built into the mountainside on three levels. After success with several Cabernet Sauvignon vintages in the 1940s, the Perrone family decided to buy the terraces back and began producing high quality Zinfandels and Cabernet. By the '60s, Ridge was a 45-acre vineyard and produced its first Geyserville Zinfandel. Today, Ridge also has vineyards in Sonoma and Paso Robles. While Cabernet and Zinfandel make up most of Ridge's production, small amounts of Carignane, Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Syrah are also grown.


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