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2001 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
abv 14.1%
  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 57622-2001
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: July/August 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.ƒ?_ 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Sweet but very well integrated nose with a flirtatious topnote. Quite heavy and textured in the mouth. Tastes rather 'worked'. More of a cellar than a vineyard product? Lots of pleasure but a little bit too much alcohol obvious on the finish.ÿ [I was wrong there! And out of line with most other tasters- JR]
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: SingKevin
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2005-2035
    Author: rphillips26
  • Self | Rating: 96

    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.
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 92

    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.
    Author: GrapesofWrath
  • Self | Rating: 90

    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.
    Author: Rmann

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

  • 1439 bottles owned
  • 257 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 257 collectors)