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Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" 2006 (1.5L)

Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" 2006 (1.5L)

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Your Price: $553.00
Part Number:664

Assemblage: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, & 2% Cabernet Franc

Country-Region-Appellation:  United States – California – Santa Cruz Mountains

Size: 1.5L                              Price: $315

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95 points Vinous

A dark, brooding beauty, the 2006 Monte Bello is still very, very young. The aromatics alone are enticing, but the tannins still need time to soften. The 2006 is a masculine, vertical Monte Bello that demands cellaring. Even so, it is pretty impressive today. Scents of lavender, sage, mint and savory herbs add closing flourishes. The perfumed sweetness of the fruit - one of the hallmarks of the very late harvest - remains one of the signatures of the 2006. The 2006 can be enjoyed today or cellared for another 25+ years. Rating: 95(+) Points.  (AG)

 

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

...a very strong effort. Its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and a touch of oak. Well-balanced, dense, pure, layered, and rich, its big, rich style is similar to the 2003. This cuvee should keep for 25-30 years in a cool cellar. 94+ (RP)   (2/2010)

93 points James Suckling

Relatively open compared to the 2007 with sweet tobacco and plums and berries. Full body, velvety and gorgeous, with dried fruits, almost peaches, dark fruits. I love the finish. Why wait on this? But will improve with age wonderfully. Toasty oak shows more too. But it's so pretty.   (5/2012)

 

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Deep, bright ruby. Spicy, high-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, pipe tobacco, rose and smoky Indian spices. Firm, mineral-driven dark berry flavors are given a firm edge by bitter cherry skin and pit notes, with the tobacco note repeating. Supple tannins add structure and carry through the long, sweet, smoky finish. This is showing gentler tannins than I usually expect from a young Monte Bello and I'd bet on it being drinkable before the 2005 and 2004 versions. (JR)   (12/2009)

92 points Wine & Spirits

On the quiet side of intense, this vintage of Monte Bello is austere, delivering its fruit like a cool rain of berries. As a young cabernet, the flavors of black plum, dried currants and cranberries are held tight in the grip of oak. There's also a floral scent of roses before the tannins shut it down. This should plump up with a few years in the cellar, building on its elegance to match roast leg of lamb.   (12/2009)

 

Jancis Robinson

Rich and glossy on the nose -- all pleasure! There’s a sweet initial hit on the palate and then it all goes very dense and still dry. Very, very youthful. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. (17.5+/20 points)   (3/2010)

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