2009 Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

The 2009 Monte Bello ,72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot is simply magnificent. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, spices and graphite are all woven together in this utterly impeccable wine. The 2009 is an especially huge, intense Monte Bello, yet a sexy, silky core of fruit lies within its imposing frame. Everything comes together in this glorious, radiant wine. Last year the 2009 had some pretty stiff competition from the 2010, but today it is simply firing on all cylinders. Eric Baugher describes 2009 as a year with cold weather early on, followed by heat in early June and July. The fruit was brought in on October 12, just before an intense downpour swept through the region. There is a purity and silkiness supported by structure in the 2009 that is impossible not to admire. Simply put, this is another utterly magnificent, towering masterpiece from Ridge. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2049.

Drink Dates: 2019-2049
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 202

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

(72% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot and 6% petit verdot): Opaque ruby. Assertive redcurrant, cherry and pipe tobacco aromas, with suave floral and mineral notes gaining strength with air. Fresh and precise, offering deeply concentrated red berry and bitter cherry flavors, a supple texture and slow-building sweetness. Becomes more exotically floral with air, finishing sappy and long, with excellent clarity and gentle tannic grip. An extremely promising young Monte Bello that smoothly melds power and vivacity.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 165

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Taut and structured, with cedar-laced currant, dark berry and dried berry notes joining a mix of mineral-laced fresh earth and tobacco flavors, offering a wide range of tight-knit fruit overall. Firmly tannic on the finish, yet the ripe purity pushes through. True-to-form Monte Bello in a classic style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2014-2030
Author: James Laube

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Five cask samples tasted, each inching towards thefinal blend.Control sample A: Deep purple. Very opulent and leathery and seductive – notes that are almost reminiscent of ripe Syrah, then lots of minerals on the palate and a great charge of very fine tannins. Dry but not drying finish. Lots of verve. Almost Lafite like in its raciness. Just Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.B, with an addition of 11% Petit Verdot for solidity (froma selection from a vineyard up in Foothills established in the 1880s): Less nose than the wine above, more solid and moreacidity. Rather harder work. Something a little tarry on the finish. Less aromatic lift. Denser. Latour like. Serious PV tannins.C, with the addition of 7% Steep Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon: More fragrance and fat than B but with the spice of Petit Verdot. Much more complex than B. 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.D, with the addition of 9% New Fosters Block CabernetSauvignon planted in 1996: More obvious Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose. Very solid and a certain juiciness. C is more immediately attractive. Solid greenness and ageing potential added with D but more density and acidity the difference between B and A. This last portionwas considered too strong to add earlier. 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot.E, with a 7% addition of South Slope Merlot, a selection from See Ranch, 'one of our favourites': Very firm and fine andpolished with lovely sweetness at the end. Still quite youthful with lots of acidity but great grace and polish. Much less raw than sample A. Fatter. More complex. Still refined.

Drink Dates: 2020-2045
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/17/2014

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews
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357 bottles owned by 68 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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