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JD
97
Jeb Dunnuck
RP
96
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
WS
96
Wine Spectator
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Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 2016 - 3 Litre Bottle

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Product description
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Bottled in March of 2018 and a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello offers a more streamlined, elegant, and ultra-classic style compared to the 2014 and 2015, which are slightly bigger, richer wines. Boasting a deep purple colour and beautiful purity in its crème de cassis, blueberry, white flowers, and vanilla bean, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, silky tannins, and perfect balance. It doesn't have the sheer depth of fruit of some blockbuster years, but it makes up for its incredible purity, poise, and balance.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Monte Bello is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 100% new oak (98% American and 2% French). It has a medium to deep ruby colour. It is youthfully coiled, slowly developing scents of dark chocolate, pencil shavings, cedar, loamy soil, dried flowers, licorice, blackcurrant and black cherry with red berry sparks and exotic spices. The palate is full-bodied and youthfully firm, slowly unfolding with mineral-tinged fruits. It has a frame of firm, pixelated tannins and seamlessly woven acidity, finishing very long and full of latent layers.

96 Points - Wine Spectator
This is tight as a drum today, with a rigid frame of roasted apple wood and cedar around a core of dark currant, fig and blackberry reduction notes. A racy iron streak and riveting acidity drive the finish, loaded with bay leaf, violet, sage, charcoal and tobacco details. It expands steadily in the glass with air, but this isn't meant for consumption today—best from 2025 through 2045.