Everybody knows the infamous Ridge Estate Monte Bello. It’s one of the most collectable wines in all of California garnering a perfect 100-point score in three out of the last five vintages and it’s well worth the $300+ price tag.
But for no reason that I can figure out, their estate Cabernet, drawn off that same Monte Bello Vineyard, continues to fly under the radar despite the fact that it is one of the best Cabernets made anywhere in the state and priced well south of its big brother.
Maybe it’s because of how miniscule the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region is with just 1,600 acres under vine, compared with the forty or fifty thousand that Napa now has. Though some are slowly catching on.
Food & Wine’s recent article declared the region “California Wine’s Best Kept Secret”. They added, “Ridge’s Monte Bello Cabernet is a California benchmark, but don’t overlook the winery’s excellent estate Cabernet.”
Well – maybe people are starting to catch up. The Estate Cab just cracked Wine Searcher’s “World’s 10 Most Wanted Cabernets” list.
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94 Points, James Suckling
A beautiful, fresh red with blackberry, blueberry and some chocolate. Pine, light toffee and coffee undertones. Dried herbs, too. Medium to full body with intensity and richness. Dusty tannins. Savory finish. Very drinkable now, but even better in 2023.