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1985 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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1985 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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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2000

Medium-deep, amber-edged red. Superripe aromas of blackcurrant, plum, cedar, game and truffle; at once less complex and less evolved than the '84. Large-scaled, dense and fat; bigger and broader than the '84, with a compelling gamey sweetness. Rather massive in the context of Monte Bello, and developing slowly. Finishes very long, with big but fine tannins that spread out to suffuse the palate.

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

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