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2002 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello (375ml)
Producer: Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Petit Verdot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: n/a
Tasting Notes:
rated: August 1, 2004 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
94 points "Deep, full ruby. Explosively perfumed nose combines black raspberry, violet and dark chocolate. Wonderfully layered and penetrating, with expressive flavors of raspberry, currant, bitter chocolate, spices and tobacco. Still an infant, but already offers a rare combination of sweetness and inner-mouth energy. Finishes very fresh and very long, with big, dusty tannins and great lift. This is high in alcohol for Ridge at 13.3%, but a full degree or more lower than virtually any other collectible California cabernet from this vintage."
rated: February 25, 2005 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points "A candidate for one of the longest-lived Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in California is Ridge’s Monte Bello...The 2002 Monte Bello Proprietary Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, with more of the Cabernet component than the 2001 possesses. Aromas of white chocolate, charred oak, black currants, tar, cedar, and earth are followed by a full-bodied, tannic red that is not as fleshy or fat in the mid-palate as its older sibling" Best 2011-2030