1991 Ridge Monte Bello
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • IWC 97
  • AG 97
  • WA 97
  • JR 96
  • JS 95
  • WS 93

Reg: $374.94

$324.94

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Reg: $374.94

$324.94

This product is
out of stock

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IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2000
Full youthful red-ruby color. Knockout nose of cassis maple syrup game truffle and spicy oak; sappy and highly complex. Powerful primary dark berry flavors exude a sweet gamey quality. Dense but sharply delineated. Great... Full youthful red-ruby color. Knockout nose of cassis maple syrup game truffle and spicy oak; sappy and highly complex. Powerful primary dark berry flavors exude a sweet gamey quality. Dense but sharply delineated. Great flavor intensity without the slightest suggestion of heaviness. Still a baby but already amazingly harmonious wine. Extremely long finish features very fine suave tannins. A world-class cabernet certainly among the top dozen made in California during the last 20 years.
AG 97
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2015
The 1991 Monte Bello is utterly captivating. Sweet tobacco, cedar, mint, dried flowers and herbs are some of the many notes the open up in the wine's striking bouquet. Aromatic, mid-weight and gracious, the 1991 is... The 1991 Monte Bello is utterly captivating. Sweet tobacco, cedar, mint, dried flowers and herbs are some of the many notes the open up in the wine's striking bouquet. Aromatic, mid-weight and gracious, the 1991 is wonderfully complex, with more than enough balance to drink well for another two decades. The aromatics in particular are super-expressive, open-knit and incredibly finessed, all qualities Paul Draper says the wine showed right out of the fermentation tanks. What a gorgeous wine this is.
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2015
Absolutely spectacular, the 1991 Monte Bello comes from a low tannin year where the estate was wondering how well the wine would age. I'm happy to report it has aged brilliantly! Fully mature, yet still youthful and... Absolutely spectacular, the 1991 Monte Bello comes from a low tannin year where the estate was wondering how well the wine would age. I'm happy to report it has aged brilliantly! Fully mature, yet still youthful and lively, it offers tons of cassis, underbrush, spice and dried herbs to go with a full-bodied, utterly seamless, sexy feel on the palate that just keeps you coming back to the glass. Given the balance, it will hold nicely going forward, but there's no upside to further cellaring. - Jeb Dunnuck
JR 96
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2010
Very rich and opulent. Velvety, yet still with a real spine and wonderful finish. Thick and sweet. Great, dense and juicy. Quite stunning in a fulsome way. Less different from the California Cabernet norm than some... Very rich and opulent. Velvety, yet still with a real spine and wonderful finish. Thick and sweet. Great, dense and juicy. Quite stunning in a fulsome way. Less different from the California Cabernet norm than some vintages. 19/20
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, May 2012
Mind-blowing. So amazing with delicate spices of cardigan, currants, sweet tobacco. Full body, with very velvety tannins. Ripe and complex fruit character. Velvety tannins. So long, but then goes to dried flowers. 1982... Mind-blowing. So amazing with delicate spices of cardigan, currants, sweet tobacco. Full body, with very velvety tannins. Ripe and complex fruit character. Velvety tannins. So long, but then goes to dried flowers. 1982 Latour style to this. A triumph for California.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2002
Rich with currant mineral spice sage leather and black cherry. Supple in texture graceful in style and long persistent and focused on the finish. Tannins are fine-grained. Magnificent Monte Bello that defines the... Rich with currant mineral spice sage leather and black cherry. Supple in texture graceful in style and long persistent and focused on the finish. Tannins are fine-grained. Magnificent Monte Bello that defines the complexity weight style flavor and nuance of this vineyard in its best years.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 3000 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Vintage 1991

Winery

Ridge

Ridge Vineyards is a California winery best known for its Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon and its equally famous range of Zinfandel wines and blends. The winery’s history dates back to 1885 when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He planted vineyards on terraced slopes and constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first Monte Bello vintage in 1892.

In 1959, four scientists from Stanford University's Research Institute purchased land adjacent to the Perrone property, the middle vineyard, and created an estate Cabernet. They formed the Ridge Vineyards partnership in 1962 and re-bonded the winery to produce the first official commercial vintage of Monte Bello. The first Zinfandel was made in 1964 from eighty-year-old vines and was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville Zinfandel from vines that are now one hundred and thirty years old. 1972 marked the first Lytton Springs, from vines planted in 1902.

The old Monte Bello winery and a small part of the Perrone vineyard property was purchased by Ridge in 1968. The old cellar, made of native limestone and built into the mountainside, is Ridge’s production facility today. At 2600 feet above sea level, it is surrounded by the upper vineyard.

Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991, completing the lineup of Ridge’s three estate vineyards which provides for 75% of the fruit they use. The winery produces wine at both the original Monte Bello location and Lytton Springs.

Paul Draper joined Ridge Vineyards as winemaker 1969. Draper became one of the world’s most celebrated winemakers, earning awards and accolades for his exceptional work. After nearly 46 years at the helm, Draper retired in 2016. Eric Baugher, COO and director of winemaking at Monte Bello, and John Olney, COO and winemaker at Ridge Lytton Springs, continue Ridge’s style and legacy of quality. Both men have worked with Paul Draper at Ridge for 20+ years.

Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. The Ridge pre-industrial approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine.