2007 Ridge Monte Bello
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • JS 97
  • IWC 94
  • WA 92
  • WS 92

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JS 97
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2011
The nose just bursts with blueberries currants and flowers. Full bodied with a round and velvety tannin structure. The palate explodes with currants ripe strawberries and black pepper on the finish. This is muscular and... The nose just bursts with blueberries currants and flowers. Full bodied with a round and velvety tannin structure. The palate explodes with currants ripe strawberries and black pepper on the finish. This is muscular and toned structured and balanced. This is still young and needs a minimum of five years of bottle age. Winemaker Paul Draper says that perhaps this is as great as the legendary 1991. Could be. 15+24+24+34. Find the wine
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2010
Opaque ruby. A complex heady bouquet displays red- and blackcurrant pipe tobacco cigar box and rose oil with suave spiciness gaining strength in the glass. Sappy and sweet with mineral-laced red and dark berry preserve... Opaque ruby. A complex heady bouquet displays red- and blackcurrant pipe tobacco cigar box and rose oil with suave spiciness gaining strength in the glass. Sappy and sweet with mineral-laced red and dark berry preserve and cherry-vanilla flavors complemented by smoke and floral pastille qualities. The finish shows sweetness as well as tanginess and leaves a gentle smoky quality behind. Quite open-knit for Monte Bello but there's a core of minerality and sneaky acidity here that bodes well for aging. This was aged in 100% new oak 96% of it American.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2010
The 2007 Monte Bello is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by attractive aromas of incense red and black currants spice and... The 2007 Monte Bello is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by attractive aromas of incense red and black currants spice and forest floor. Much lighter in the mouth with less concentration and texture than the 2006 2005 and 2003 the 2007 is built along the lines of the 2004. There is a slight lack of intensity in this offering (yields were almost twice as high in 2007 as they were in 2005) but it is a very pretty effort made in a lighter more elegant restrained style. It reveals lots of blue black and red fruits medium body good acidity and a fine finish. The extremely cold weather in late September as well as the wet October has had an impact on the 2007 in contrast to what happened further north in Napa and Sonoma. While it does not represent a great classic the 2007 will certainly last 15 or more years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
About as close to Bordeaux in California as you get from the classic cigar box cedar tobacco leaf and dill scents to the tight band of mineral dried currant sage cedar and sandalwood notes. Full-bodied elegant and... About as close to Bordeaux in California as you get from the classic cigar box cedar tobacco leaf and dill scents to the tight band of mineral dried currant sage cedar and sandalwood notes. Full-bodied elegant and persistent this is most interesting on the finish where the flavors are long and lingering. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2024. 4700 cases made.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Vintage 2007

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.