2005 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello 750ml

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2005 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
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International Wine Cellar | 95

(70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, yellow rose, Asian spices and vanilla bean; you could use this for incense. Deep and sweet but remarkably precise, offering powerful dark berry and kirsch flavors supported by substantial, velvety tannins. The fruit plows through the finish with superb energy, depth and clarity, fully absorbing the tannins. A big but wonderfully balanced example of Monte Bello, and sure to reward extended cellaring.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Rich and and slightly pruney with particularly ripe tannins. This clearly needs time but it’s very impressive, in an autumnal, briary way, yet it’s racy and muscular. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc – a relatively high proportion of Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 97+

Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Monte Bello should be one of the all-time greats made at this estate. It offers a dense purple color, an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, black fruits, and a hint of oak. It also has an unctuous texture. As with all rich wines, the oak component plays a complementary role in the wine's nuances. A seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol is found in this rich, elegant, pure, dense beauty. There is a certain accessibility to the 2005 that is unusual by Monte BelloâÂ?Â?s standards, and it will age effortlessly for 25+a years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Wine Spectator | 88

Bordeaux-like in its structure and flavor profile. Tightly wound, firm and compact, with dried currant, sage, mineral and hints of cedar and leather, fanning out on the finish, where the flavors are juicy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: Red Sox Fan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/23/2013
Drink Dates: 2015+
Score: 95
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/28/2012
Score: 97
Author: Kraz
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/06/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2030
RP Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2005 Monte Bello should be one of the all-time greats made at this estate. It offers a dense purple color, an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, black fruits, and a hint of oak. It also has an unctuous texture. As with all rich wines, the oak component plays a complementary role in the wine's nuances. A seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol is found in this rich, elegant, pure, dense beauty. There is a certain accessibility to the 2005 that is unusual by Monte Bello's standards, and it will age effortlessly for 25+a years.
Score: 94
Author: Chip
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/18/2009
I tasted this at the winery on 7/18/09. It had a wonderful bouquet of cassis, blackberry, cocoa powder, spice, vanilla and toast aromas. The palate was incredibly smooth with velvety tannins and flavors that followed the nose. It needs a lot of time, but is going to be absolutely fabulous.
More Vintages and Sizes of Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello:

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