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Ridge "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [RP 97+] [JS 95] [WS 92]
Ridge "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [RP 97+] [JS 95] [WS 92]
Retail Price: $265.00
Artisan Wine Depot Price: $249.98
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97+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2008 Monte Bello is striking. It is a decidedly muscular Monte Bello endowed with layers of dark fruit. Tobacco, mint, asphalt and crushed rocks develop in the glass, adding tons of complexity and finesse. A long, saline finish rounds things out beautifully. In 2008 the cold growing season stretched into October and the wine definitely has the feel of a cool vintage. The spring frost and the second year of drought conditions lowered yields significantly. Yields were just 1.25 tons per acre on average, but some of the older vineyards came in at less than 1 ton per acre. The balance of fruit, tannin and structure is simply extraordinary, but the wine needs time, most likely lots of it. In 2008 the blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038." - Antonio Galloni (Aug 2011)

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Ridge "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [AG 98]
Ridge "Monte Bello" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California) - [AG 98]
Retail Price: $350.00
Artisan Wine Depot Price: $269.98
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98 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2012 Monte Bello is one of the most harmonious young Monte Bellos I can remember tasting. Seamless and voluptuous through to the finish, the 2012 is showing beautifully today. Raspberry jam, pomegranate, white flowers, mint and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. A wine with a distinctly red-hued profile, silky tannins, no hard edges and exceptional overall balance, the 2012 Monte Bello is simply magnificent. The 2012 is racy but also impeccably balanced throughout, with shades of the 2001 that come through from time to time. I won't be surprised if the 2013 and 2014 both eventually surpass it, but there is no denying that the 2012 is simply stunning today. This is one of the best showings yet for the 2012." - Antonio Galloni (June 2015)

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