2004 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and cassis aromas are complicated by wilted rose, cured meat, licorice and sexy oak spices. Lush and creamy in texture, offering well-delineated red- and blackcurrant flavors, good dusty tannic grip, and a sweet, expansive finish. Impressively deep and chewy, but good mineral lift keeps everything in check.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A lighter, more elegant example of Monte Bello, the finesse-styled 2004 does not possess the power one normally sees in this wine. It offers pure fruit, a pretty, St.-Julien-like style, notes of cedar, spice box, herbs, background oak, and red as well as black currants, and silky tannin. It is capable of lasting 15-20 years.
Particularly dark and dense - strongly marked by Cabernet aromas yet very graceful tannins as well as being so ambitious. Very virile. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. (19/20 points)
Tart and a bit green and leafy around the edges, with spice, dusty red plum and subtle minerally notes. Ends with fleshy tannins and good length. Balanced, intense and persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2010 through 2017.