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1990 Ridge Monte Bello

abv 13.5%
  • 93 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 57622-1990

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    An immense wine of uncommon depth, richness, concentration and complexity. Beautifully structured, tightly focused, with layers of currant, tar, earth, anise, mineral and sage, finishing in long, lingering aftertaste.--California Cabernet retrospective. 2,368 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    From The Purple Notebook ? California Dinner at Gidleigh Park.Expressive. Sweet and slightly earthy and wonderful. Much more evolved than the 1991.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Saturated dark red with a youthful rim. Extravagant nose combines roasted plum, currant, shoe polish, walnut, roast coffee and a whiff of raisin; grew fresher as the wine opened in the glass. Very rich but youthful in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness and powerful underlying structure. Quite dense and full; flavors of plum, dark chocolate and burnished wood. Finishes very long, chewy and ripe, with firm tannic spine. Developing very slowly.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: September/October 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 1990 Monte Bello is also backward, tannic, and rich. Its cassis, mineral, and oak-scented nose offers considerable promise. With medium to full body, crisp acidity, and a long, tight, closed finish, it will require considerable patience.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 70

    Author: Simon
  • Self | Rating: 93

    As with previous bottle, you can taste the structure in the wine but both bottles were flawed. Crumbled corks and slightly cooked. I'll score it a 93 assuming that's what i would have done if the bottles weren't flawed.
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Opens to a fragrant nose of flowers and black fruit. Concentrated plum and black cherry, with blackberry and blueberry mized with mineral on the finish. Very structured wine that builds on the palate with a very long soft velvety finish. This is one of my favorite '90 Californian's. It tasted young in 2006, but now it is coming into its own andshould be great for another 10+ years
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: gd10102

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, which is also the 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 Zinfandel 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 Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, and Petite Sirah are also grown.

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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 417 bottles owned
  • 111 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 86
    (Out of 111 collectors)