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2002 Ridge Monte Bello

abv 14.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 57622-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (13.3% alcohol; 76% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Saturated ruby. Very ripe aromas of cassis, violet, licorice, spice cake and maple syrup. Penetrating, thoroughly ripe flavors of black fruits, bitter chocolate, minerals and mocha nicely framed by bright, harmonious acidity. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and superb persistence. This California classic appears to have undergone a change in style - or at least in harvesting strategy - as this is the third consecutive Monte Bello vintage with alcohol in excess of 13%. Previous wines were typically in the 12.5% to 13% range, with some even lower. But with the newer vintages as stylish as ever despite their more obvious early sweetness, you'll get no complaints from this taster.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Open-knit and generous in its display of ripe, supple black cherry and blackberry fruit that's appealing. Well-balanced, it's a bit racy with a hint of balsamic cherry on the aroma and finish. Ends with cedary tannins that are integrated. Best of three bottles. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. 1,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2002 Monte Bello Proprietary Red is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. It tastes as if it hasn't changed since I first sampled it in late 2003 and then again in bottle two years later. The color is healthy ruby/purple, and the wine displays some dusty, oaky, vanillin notes that jump out of the glass along with a touch of white chocolate as well as red and black currants and hints of cedar and forest floor. Extremely young and full-bodied, with some wood char still present, it is unevolved and tastes like it could be a barrel sample, except that it has been in bottle for nearly ten years! This is a blockbuster Ridge Monte Bello that still needs a minimum of another 10 years of bottle-age and should keep for 50+ years. Only for the young and patient!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2013-2023
    Author: Freedom1095
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deep ruby. Fragrant nose of raspberry, strawberry, some vanilla and a hint of earthiness. In mouth this is full of energy with notes of cherry, strawberry and tobacco. Still very much an adolescent but already showing great poise. Tannins are slightly furry and acidity is prominent but you can already see them beginning to mesh. Falls away slightly at the finish. Monte Bello in any vintage is just a great wine. 50+9+8+18+8=93+
    Drink Dates: 2011-2025
    Author: taipanli

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

  • 951 bottles owned
  • 155 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 155 collectors)