2011 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ML

2011 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, Cabernet Sauvignon, 750ML


96 points, Wine & Spirits
Outer quote mark The cool 2011 season turned out a pristine vintage of Monte Bello, made from Cabernet (88%) grown on a limestone-inflected ridge high above Silicon Valley, blended with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The team at Ridge let the fruit recover for two weeks following an early October storm before picking, and were more aggressive in their extraction than normal, drawing as much color and structure as possible from the delicate fruit. The aromas revolve around oak at first—anise, wood smoke, cedar bark and cinnamon—but the wood’s contribution is fine and integrated, shading gradually toward bright fruit as the finish lengthens with floral aromas and the tang of tiny, concentrated black currants. It’s even better with a day of air, as the tannins turn to velvet, allowing red-fruited acidity to take the lead and brighten the wine’s savory, pungent sous bois tones of wet wood and forest mushrooms. Supremely elegant and polished, it’s a wine to put away and forget about for the next ten years or so. Inner quote mark.

94 points, James Suckling
Outer quote mark The blackberry and mint aromas are so appealing with undertones of meat and smoke. Medium to full body and ultra-fine tannins, long and caressing. So fine and beautiful.

93 points, Vinous
Outer quote mark The 2011 Ridge Monte Bello is in a great spot where it is just starting to show lovely signs of aromatic development. Even so, the 2011 remains rich, deep and imposing, with tons of depth and plenty of mountain intensity. Black cherry, gravel, spice, menthol, licorice and cloves all open with a bit of coaxing. The tannins are a bit grainy, otherwise this is a very good Monte Bello in a very challenging year.

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