James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello 2008

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Product description

Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot

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 complexity and finesse. A long, saline finish rounds things out beautifully. In 2008 the cold growing season stretched into October, and the wine feels like 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 extraordinary, but the wine needs time, most likely lots of it.

95 Points James Suckling

This fantastic wine shows subtle power with fine, racy tannins and a long fruity finish. Beautiful aromas of milk chocolate, toasted oak, and red fruits are complete, intense and balanced.