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Ridge Monte Bello 2006

Ridge Monte Bello 750ML 2006      
Sku: 14222

The Monte Bello (originally Monte Bello Cabernet; until 1975, 100% cabernet) is the wine that introduced Ridge to the world, and the world to Ridge. It is a blend of bordeaux varietals. Cabernet sauvignon still predominates; exhaustive tasting of test blends during assemblage determines how much if any merlot, petit verdot, or cabernet franc will be included in the finished wine. Almost every vintage (an unbroken chain from `62 on) has something substantive to recommend it. Every decade has its high points. Taste and opinions differ. But the just-concluded decade of the nineties has been outstanding. Generalization does a disservice to the individual wines. There`s structure, there`s complexity, there`s balance. And they develop for a long, long time.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 94 points
While it iseclipsed 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.

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Regional Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay
Merlot
Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Cruz County
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Still wine
 
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