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2004 Ridge Monte Bello

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased at retail

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery on release

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19Jancis Robinson

Particularly dark and dense – strongly marked by Cabernet aromas yet very graceful tannins as well as being so ambitious. Very virile...

93Vinous / IWC

...Lush and creamy in texture, offering well-delineated red- and blackcurrant flavors, good dusty tannic grip, and a sweet, expansive finish. Impressively deep and chewy, but good mineral lift keeps everything in check.

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

...offers pure fruit, a pretty, St.-Julien-like style, notes of cedar, spice box, herbs, background oak, and red as well as black currants, and silky tannin...

91-94Stephen Tanzer

Brooding aromas of cassis, blackberry, minerals, bitter chocolate, tobacco and fresh herbs. Fat, broad and sweet, with nicely integrated acidity and complex hints of leather, herbs, licorice, chocolate and minerals.


United States, California, Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA includes high elevation territory in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo. The AVA follows the coast line from San Francisco to Monterey with elevations from 400 feet to 3,000 feet above sea level. There are 1,500 vineyard acres and the AVA was established in 1981. Despite the challenging terrain in these rugged mountains and hills, highly esteemed wineries have been located here since the early 20th century, when Paul Masson, a Frenchman by birth, started making sparkling wine in the area. By the 1970s vineyards were growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Numerous microclimates within the AVA offer viticulturists diverse growing conditions, and many varietals are grown successfully.


2004 Ridge Monte Bello

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc