1991 Ridge Monte Bello

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • IWC 97
  • AG 97
  • WA 97
  • JR 96
  • JS 95
  • WS 93

Reviews for 1991 Ridge Monte Bello

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.