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1996 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello (750ml)
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: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$85.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: December 18, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Petit Verdot that reached 13.4% alcohol) represents a severe selection of only 40% of the vineyard's crop. A blockbuster, powerful, concentrated Monte Bello, it possesses an opaque purple color, plenty of spicy oak in the nose (100% American oak has always been used for aging Monte Bello), and a deep, layered, concentrated style. There is plenty of tannin, but it is sweeter than that found in the 1997, and the wine is more concentrated and extracted. There is a touch of oak in the flavors, which are otherwise dominated by minerals and jammy black fruits. This is a terrific Monte Bello that will have 30+ years of life" Best 2007-2030
rated: December 18, 2006 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
92 points "Wild, superripe aromas of cassis, plum, cocoa, soy sauce, leather, roasted game and plum sauce, all lifted by a floral note. Lush, thick and dense, but the currant, black cherry and menthol flavors are still austere"
rated: December 18, 2006 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
96 points "A quite complex and dense Monte Bello, if a bit stern and rustic up front, revealing rich and concentrated pepper and wild berry flavors, turning earthy and cedary, with a long, rich and tannic finish. Best from 2002 through 2016. 3,400 cases made" Best 2002-2016