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2005 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello (1.5l)
Producer: Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Petit Verdot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : November 30, 2007 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
95 points "(70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, yellow rose, Asian spices and vanilla bean; you could use this for incense. Deep and sweet but remarkably precise, offering powerful dark berry and kirsch flavors supported by substantial, velvety tannins. The fruit plows through the finish with superb energy, depth and clarity, fully absorbing the tannins. A big but wonderfully balanced example of Monte Bello, and sure to reward extended cellaring. "
rated (2006 vintage, 1.5l bottle) : January 16, 2010 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points "Robert Parker 94 + "While it is eclipsed by the brilliance of the 2005, the 2006 Monte Bello (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) is a very strong effort. Its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and a touch of oak. Well-balanced, dense, pure, layered, and rich, its big, rich style is similar to the 2003. This cuvee should keep for 25-30 years in a cool cellar. " " Best 2013-2030
tasted (2006 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 27, 2010 , Thomas Ivey
"Delicious espresso and blackberry notes alhough still quite young. I project this wine to taste simmilar to the terrific '85 with some bottle age. "