Advanced search

Marketplace Activity

Community Inventory Summary

Loading Loading....

Users who own this wine

MPSharp , MacBlythe , Kottabos

Market Pricing

Average Retail:
$238.28 Details
W.Searcher Avg.: $238.28
W.Searcher Low: $159.84
W.Searcher High: $349.28
Avg Auction:
(of 8 listings - 48 months )
$145.34 Details
Date   Listing Low High Avg
Date Merchant Price  
Avg Marketplace:
No Data Available
Date Quantity Sale Price  
Low US Retail is updated twice a month and excludes outlier listings. Detailed listings are sourced daily from our partner, Global Wine Stocks, and may include outliers. Note that you can use the 'Report a problem' link which appears after clicking on any individual listing to notify our content team and partner of incorrect wine matches.
Auction prices are based on actual auction results (inclusive of buyerÂ’s premiums) of 750ml bottle sizes only. As auction prices fluctuate from auction to auction and some wines have limited auction activity, the average auction price is updated twice a month and derived from a proprietary algorithm.

1996 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains - Red

Print Share

USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

IWC ...
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2016 VF: 2000-2020

IWC ...
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 92
Author olivierdongoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 75%
Tasted On 10/14/2013
I found this useful: Yes | No
Author Kottabos
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.825%
Tasted On 11/24/2012

Ruby in color with pinkish highlights. Luscious nose of blackberries, black cherry, ginger, leather, and tar. Soft on the palate, though still expressing front to mid-palate tannins, this wine has mellowed with age but is a wonderfully elegant expression of California claret - so completely different from the often over-extracted wines celebrated today. History in a bottle.

1 of 1 people found this useful
I found this useful: Yes | No
Author StuTarheel
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.486%
Tasted On 10/11/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Same type of flavor profile as the 1995. However, softer, rounder tannins and more integrated overall. More of a softer, supple mouthfeel. Dark berry fruit showing nicely with a very pleasant finish. Delicious, mature Bordeaux blend.

I found this useful: Yes | No
Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.984%
Tasted On 08/22/2010

Mouth feel are silky with great minerality. What bothered me personally was a bit of excess oak on ther noise, however, guest liked it. Other than that, I think this is wine is in great balance in terms of acidity, tanin and fruit. I agree that '96 is drinking very well. I probably should not have blamed the aroma/flavor/tanin as oak. I remember when I was at 2009 Monte Bello component tasting, I tasted the same aroma/flavor/tanin in their Merlot. I asked the guy whether that is due to oak,he said the wine was in oak for a very short time, it should be its natural tanin. So I think I should probably attribute that quality as the signature Merlot profile in Monte Bello. It is there in many vintages and I often blamed it on American oak.

I found this useful: Yes | No
Author MacBlythe
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.522%
Tasted On 04/17/2010

Excellent Cab right in its prime. Lots of fruit with minerals and oak.

I found this useful: Yes | No
Author Larry H
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.727%
Tasted On 10/04/2009
I found this useful: Yes | No
Author bkkchriss4
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 87.368%
Tasted On 10/14/2007
Drink Dates 2012
0 of 1 people found this useful
I found this useful: Yes | No

Sign in (or register) to create a WinePost on this wine.

A flawed bottle may be affected by cork taint, heat (maderized), oxidation, or excessive sulfur. Additionally, some people consider wines tainted by Brettanomyces (Brett), a non-spore forming genus of yeast, a flaw although there is much controversy surrounding the subject.
When the Update Twitter checkbox is selected your Tweet will automatically update to Twitter. Your Tweet will take the form 'Tasted [wine name] at [link to VinCellar wine page]'. As much of your tasting note as possible will be appended to the end up to the 140 character Twitter limit.
Record your notes on the aroma and flavor of the wine. Mark your note as private or as public and available to the VinCellar community.
Please enter an abbreviation of up to three characters to identify the source of your review. For example, IWC would be entered as the source to represent a review from Internation Wine Cellar.
Drink date is averaged using VinCellar members' most recent start and end drink date submissions for this wine.