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1991 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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1991 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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97(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2000

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.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Gibbons....
Was fortunate enough to open two of these last night at the Barn at Blackberry Farms. Decanted for about an hour. Expressive is an understatement when discussing everything about this amazing red. Got better with each taste! I'll always remember this!
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by Victor de la Serna
Being European, I can't claim to have tasted all of the great California cabernets, but there's been quite a few since my first sip of Georges de Beaulieu as a teenager in 1965... And the complexity and depth of 1991 Monte Bello remain unsurpassed in my memory. If a sour-spirited Frenchman ever expresses doubt that California can produce 1er Cru quality, give him a smell and a sip of this wine and watch him turn green with envy.


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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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