1990 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
An immense wine of uncommon depth, richness, concentration and complexity. Beautifully structured, tightly focused, with layers of currant, tar, earth, anise, mineral and sage, finishing in long, lingering aftertaste.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1990 Monte Bello is...backward, tannic, and rich. Its cassis, mineral, and oak-scented nose offers considerable promise. With medium to full body, crisp acidity, and a long, tight, closed finish, it will require considerable patience.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated dark red with a youthful rim. Extravagant nose combines roasted plum, currant, shoe polish, walnut, roast coffee and a whiff of raisin; grew fresher as the wine opened in the glass. Very rich but youthful in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness and powerful underlying structure. Quite dense and full; flavors of plum, dark chocolate and burnished wood. Finishes very long, chewy and ripe, with firm tannic spine. Developing very slowly. 91+(?)
Expressive. Sweet and slightly earthy and wonderful. Much more evolved than the 1991. 18/20 points.