Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards started in 1962 on the Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Winemaker Paul Draper was appointed in 1969, he now draws on over 40 vintages of experience. They shot to fame in 1976 by coming first at the famous Judgement of Paris Tasting. Using traditional methods and minimal intervention they make great Bordeaux blends and Chardonnay from excellent terroir in Monte Bello and Zinfandel in their Sonoma County vineyards.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,499.70
2017

Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

Destined to rank as one of the all-time greats from Ridge, the 2017 Monte Bello opens in the glass with youthfully complex notes of ripe plums, cassis, espresso roast and black truffles, with little apparent trace of its time in 100% new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied and incredibly concentrated, with a rich, layered mid-palate and immense substance that marks it out as the most richly tannic Monte Bello since 2013. As ever, the acids are vibrant, with a classic pH of around 3.5—notably lower than most Cabernet Sauvignons from contemporary Bordeaux or Napa Valley, thanks to this site's limestone soils and high altitude. At the time of writing, the blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, though that may change by the time it's bottled. Eric Baugher observes that fermentations were slow in 2017, which protracted the period of extraction, partially accounting for this vintage's power. It's still a baby, but this is a strong contender for a perfect score when it's bottled in over a year's time—and it should see out its 50th birthday in style.
Delivery to Storage from 7 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 2 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,499.70
Ridge Monte Bello Red 2006 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,829.70
2006

Ridge Monte Bello Red 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94+)

As it approaches age twelve, the 2006 Monte Bello is still quite reserved on the nose and on the palate, unwinding in the glass with a bouquet of cassis, cherries, pencil lead, dark chocolate, cigar box and dried rose petal. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and still firmly structured, carrying considerable extract and concluding with chalky grip. Rich, concentrated and powerful, the raw materials are very impressive but they're still wrapped up in some formidable structure. Eric Baugher describes the 2006 Monte Bello as a sleeper vintage: backward and tannic when it was young, and released in a challenging economy, and that's the case today. Like the 1995 vintage, I suspect this will be a Monte Bello that really hits its stride at age 20 rather than age ten, but patient consumers with time on their side should give it serious consideration.
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

California 6x75cl 2 94+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,829.70
Ridge Monte Bello Red 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,553.70
2016

Ridge Monte Bello Red 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The 2016 Monte Bello is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 100% new oak (98% American and 2% French). It has a medium to deep ruby color and is youthfully coiled, slowly developing scents of dark chocolate, pencil shavings, cedar, loamy soil, dried flowers, licorice, blackcurrant and black cherry with red berry sparks and exotic spices. The palate is full-bodied and youthfully firm, slowly unfolding with mineral-tinged fruits. It has a frame of firm, pixelated tannins and seamlessly woven acidity, finishing very long and full of latent layers.
In Stock in Cru LCB

California 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,553.70
Ridge Monte Bello Red 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,589.70
2018

Ridge Monte Bello Red 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94-97+)

I tasted the 2018 Monte Bello as a finished barrel sample during the annual Ridge Monte Bello Tasting Final Assemblage event; the blend was 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Petite Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and youthfully primary nose with boysenberry, blueberry jam, blackcurrant, dark chocolate-covered cherries, cigar box, graphite, loamy earth and oodles of floral character. The palate is medium to full-bodied and packed full of flavor layers, knit by very fine, ripe, pixelated tannins and great freshness and finishing very long.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Jul 2021

California 6x75cl 1 94-97+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,589.70
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,235.00
2017

Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98-100)

Destined to rank as one of the all-time greats from Ridge, the 2017 Monte Bello opens in the glass with youthfully complex notes of ripe plums, cassis, espresso roast and black truffles, with little apparent trace of its time in 100% new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied and incredibly concentrated, with a rich, layered mid-palate and immense substance that marks it out as the most richly tannic Monte Bello since 2013. As ever, the acids are vibrant, with a classic pH of around 3.5—notably lower than most Cabernet Sauvignons from contemporary Bordeaux or Napa Valley, thanks to this site's limestone soils and high altitude. At the time of writing, the blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, though that may change by the time it's bottled. Eric Baugher observes that fermentations were slow in 2017, which protracted the period of extraction, partially accounting for this vintage's power. It's still a baby, but this is a strong contender for a perfect score when it's bottled in over a year's time—and it should see out its 50th birthday in style.
Delivery to Storage from 7 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 2 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,235.00
Ridge Monte Bello Red 2006 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,510.00
2006

Ridge Monte Bello Red 2006 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94+)

As it approaches age twelve, the 2006 Monte Bello is still quite reserved on the nose and on the palate, unwinding in the glass with a bouquet of cassis, cherries, pencil lead, dark chocolate, cigar box and dried rose petal. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and still firmly structured, carrying considerable extract and concluding with chalky grip. Rich, concentrated and powerful, the raw materials are very impressive but they're still wrapped up in some formidable structure. Eric Baugher describes the 2006 Monte Bello as a sleeper vintage: backward and tannic when it was young, and released in a challenging economy, and that's the case today. Like the 1995 vintage, I suspect this will be a Monte Bello that really hits its stride at age 20 rather than age ten, but patient consumers with time on their side should give it serious consideration.
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

California 6x75cl 2 94+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,510.00
Ridge Monte Bello Red 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,280.00
2016

Ridge Monte Bello Red 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96)

The 2016 Monte Bello is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 100% new oak (98% American and 2% French). It has a medium to deep ruby color and is youthfully coiled, slowly developing scents of dark chocolate, pencil shavings, cedar, loamy soil, dried flowers, licorice, blackcurrant and black cherry with red berry sparks and exotic spices. The palate is full-bodied and youthfully firm, slowly unfolding with mineral-tinged fruits. It has a frame of firm, pixelated tannins and seamlessly woven acidity, finishing very long and full of latent layers.
In Stock in Cru LCB

California 6x75cl 1 96 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,280.00
Ridge Monte Bello Red 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,310.00
2018

Ridge Monte Bello Red 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94-97+)

I tasted the 2018 Monte Bello as a finished barrel sample during the annual Ridge Monte Bello Tasting Final Assemblage event; the blend was 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 11% Petite Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and youthfully primary nose with boysenberry, blueberry jam, blackcurrant, dark chocolate-covered cherries, cigar box, graphite, loamy earth and oodles of floral character. The palate is medium to full-bodied and packed full of flavor layers, knit by very fine, ripe, pixelated tannins and great freshness and finishing very long.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Jul 2021

California 6x75cl 1 94-97+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,310.00

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