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2005 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains
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About Ridge Vineyards

One of the premier producers of Cabernet and Zinfandel blends in California, Ridge Vineyards thrives on the hands-off approach of longtime winemaker Paul Draper. These wines are generally single-site bottlings that express the unique characteristics of vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, among others.

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2005 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

Producer: Ridge Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

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93 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2007

(70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc) Deep ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, yellow rose, Asian spices and vanilla bean; you could use this for incense. Deep and sweet but remarkably precise, offering powerful dark berry and kirsch flavors supported by substantial, velvety tannins. The fruit plows through the finish with superb energy, depth and clarity, fully absorbing the tannins. A big but wonderfully balanced example of Monte Bello, and sure to reward extended cellaring.

88 Points | Wine Spectator

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Something is not quite right
11/16/2008
by rkwiner
This vintage seems to have some great characteristics, but more relevant was a very dry weedy taste. Overall a nice taste, but not outstanding.

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