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1991 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #901019 97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full, youthful red-ruby color. Knockout nose of cassis, maple syrup, game, truffle and spicy oak; sappy and highly complex. Powerful, primary dark berry flavors exude a sweet gamey quality. Dense but sharply delineated. Great flavor intensity without the slightest suggestion of heaviness. Still a baby but already amazingly harmonious wine. Extremely long finish features very fine, suave tannins. A world-class cabernet, certainly among the top dozen made in California during the last 20 years. (ST) 97+ Inner quote mark (10/2000)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1991 Monte Bello is utterly captivating. Sweet tobacco, cedar, mint, dried flowers and herbs are some of the many notes the open up in the wine's striking bouquet. Aromatic, mid-weight and gracious, the 1991 is wonderfully complex, with more than enough balance to drink well for another two decades. The aromatics in particular are super-expressive, open-knit and incredibly finessed, all qualities Paul Draper says the wine showed right out of the fermentation tanks. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Saturated ruby-black in hue, the 1991 Monte Bello is still a young wine, only entering its youthful plateau of maturity. Offering up a decadently jammy bouquet of ripe blackberries, crème de cassis, acacia flowers and creamy American oak, the wine is expansive and full-bodied on the palate, simultaneously open-knit but densely concentrated, with a decidedly voluptuous, textural profile. Supple and comparatively low in acidity and tannin (a perception Baugher tells me is confirmed by chemical analysis), this is a Monte Bello characterized more by exuberant generosity and drama than complexity. Interestingly, the 1991 is also more obviously marked by its time in new American oak than either the 1990 or 1992. The product of a warm September and October, the 1991 is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot that attained 13.1% natural alcohol. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Mind-blowing. So amazing with delicate spices of cardigan, currants, sweet tobacco. Full body, with very velvety tannins. Ripe and complex fruit character. Velvety tannins. So long, but then goes to dried flowers. 1982 Latour style to this. A triumph for California. Inner quote mark (4/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich, with currant, mineral, spice, sage, leather and black cherry. Supple in texture, graceful in style and long, persistent and focused on the finish. Tannins are fine-grained. Magnificent Monte Bello that defines the complexity, weight, style, flavor and nuance of this vineyard in its best years. (JL, Web Only-2002) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Sumptously complex, smooth, sweet and herbal with definite balsam notes. Still evolving upwards. (JR) 19/20 Inner quote mark (7/2017)

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