1999 Ridge "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, iron and mocha. Dense but tightly wound and not overly sweet; has a silky texture despite possessing a strong acid spine. Finishes with palate-cleansing acids and a late spicy character. This very young wine will need a good decade of cellaring, but even today there are no rough edges. 92(+?) points (ST)
*Collectibles* A wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich blackberry and currant fruit is intense yet elegant, picking up earth, mineral and sage notes, and finishing with fine, well-integrated tannins. (JL)
Fragrant, perfumed, fresh and cedary, still so fragrant and youthful on the nose. More Bordeaux-like than the other two vintages tasted. Rich, deep and so complex but without loss of freshness. Again some minerality and cedary damson sweetness of fruit still there. Long and remarkably fresh. Holds your attention. 18/20 points. (JH)
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.