64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, & 6% Petit Verdot
98 points Vinous
The 2012 Monte Bello is one of the most harmonious young Monte Belllos I can remember tasting. Seamless and voluptuous through to the finish, the 2012 is showing beautifully today. Raspberry jam, pomegranate, white flowers, mint and spices are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. A wine with a distinctly red-hued profile, silky tannins, no hard edges and exceptional overall balance, the 2012 Monte Bello is simply magnificent. The 2012 is racy but also impeccably balanced throughout, with shades of the 2001 that com through from time to time. I wonÃ¢€â„¢t be surprised if the 2013 and 2014 both eventually surpass it, but there is no denying that the 2012 is simply stunning today. This is one of the best showings yet for the 2012 (AG)
96 points Decanter
Powerful, rich, and very structured and layered, this has a wonderfully pure fruit and the highest tannins since the stunning 1992 vintage. One of California s classic Cabernets.
94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Wine Advocate - "Inky colored, the sensational 2012 Monte Bello comes all from the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. It's backwards and tight, with classic black cherry, crushed violets, cassis, espresso roast and crÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¨me brulee notes all flowing seamlessly to a full-bodied, concentrated, structured and layered Bordeaux blend that has bright acidity, a stacked mid-palate and firm tannin. It needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will hold for two decades beyond that. Rating: 94+"
94 points Wine & Spirits
Wine Spectator - "Beautifully structured, with firm acidity and tannins that show grip amid a core of dense currant and blackberry fruit, turning juicy. This is classic old-school Cabernet. Cellaring for five to seven years is the right approach. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2035."
92 points Connoisseurs Guide
Connoisseurs' Guide - "Over the years, Ridge s Monte Bello bottlings have been among the most individual and distinctive of the stateÃ¢€â„¢s top Cabernets, and the latest incarnation fits the classic winery model of precision, restraint and varietal purity. It backs well away from high ripeness and bluster and fixes on steady cassis- and cherry-like fruit with subtle accents of oak and herbs scattered throughout its considerable length, but it is its sense of structure and keen balance that earns it a place with the high achievers of the 2012 class.