2006 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello 3.0L

USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2006 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Deep, bright ruby. Spicy, high-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco, rose and smoky Indian spices. Firm, mineral-driven dark berry flavors are given a firm edge by bitter cherry skin and pit notes, with the tobacco note repeating. Supple tannins add structure and carry through the long, sweet, smoky finish. This is showing gentler tannins than I usually expect from a young Monte Bello and I'd bet on it being drinkable before the 2005 and 2004 versions. I also retasted the 2005 Monte Bello, which after a year in bottle is showing brighter red fruit and spicier mineral character than at this time last year, when I rated it 95 points. It's still a baby. I underestimated this wine's potential and would now rate it 95(+?), with excellent cellaring potential. For the quality it is a steal as it can compare to any wine from the Napa Valley that sells for three or four times the money-or more!

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Nov/Dec 09

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5+

Rich and glossy on the nose – all pleasure! There’s a sweet initial hit on the palate and then it all goes very dense and still dry. Very, very youthful. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94+

While it is eclipsed by the brilliance of the 2005, the 2006 Monte Bello (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) is a very strong effort. Its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and a touch of oak. Well-balanced, dense, pure, layered, and rich, its big, rich style is similar to the 2003. This cuvee should keep for 25-30 years in a cool cellar.

Drink Dates: 2010-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Score: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/12/2013
Excellent, as always.
More Vintages and Sizes of Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello:

2011 (750ml)
1994 (375ml)

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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