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2003 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello 1.5L
2003 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 128

($120; 85% cabernet sauvignon, 8% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Full ruby-red. Knockout nose offers blackberry, currant, plum, cedar, minerals and dark chocolate. Fresh, succulent and quite firm in the mouth, with brisk acids and a minty nuance lifting the dark berry and chocolate flavors. Finishes with chewy tannins that come across as a bit less harmonious than those of the young 2004. But this youthfully closed wine grew sweeter with aeration.

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JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Very hot end to the season resulting in some 15% Merlot with residual sugar – a year remarkably similar in some ways to Europe’s 2003 vintage.Bright crimson. Complex, spicy nose. Sweet, rich and velvety – not that unlike 2003 bordeaux – but the very obvious tannins have been well managed and are not quite as aggressive as they tend to be in Europe. Great lift. Quite polished. Not the alcoholic strength.

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WA
94+

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 207

One of the smallest crops to be included in the Ridge Monte Bello, only 32% of the production made it into the 2003, which is largely Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. Out of barrel as well as post-bottling I liked this wine a lot, and it has changed very little from when I last tasted it in February, 2010. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color along with sweet black currant, blueberry, graphite, licorice and toasty vanillin aromas. The tannins are still noticeable in this full-bodied 2003, but seem reasonably well-integrated. Forget this wine for another decade and drink it over the following 30+ years.

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Community Reviews

85

Victor Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 02/21/2009

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