Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello 1997

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, U.S.A.

Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello 1997

Santa Cruz Mountains, California, U.S.A.





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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 13%, Cabernet Franc 2% Wine Style: Bordeaux Inspired Reds Optimum Drinking: 2018-2027 Reviewer Rating: 94 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 103128 Alcohol: 13% Fill Level: In neck. Label Quality: Excellent labels & capsules.
Estate Notes

Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello 1997 is a rare Californian cult classic in excellent condition for the year.

Ridge Vineyards crafts Californian Bordeaux-inspired reds that compete with Bordeaux's First Growths, from vineyards first established in 1885 by Osea Perrone (an Italian doctor) who terraced slopes and planted vineyards near the top of Monte Bello Ridge.

Ridge Vineyards itself was established in the 1960s, with winemaker Paul Draper, and shot to stardom after stunning the wine world by their triumph in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, when the winery gained overnight cult status. Paul Draper believes that great fruit makes great wines and is committed to growing the most concentrated grapes with minimal intervention, using Old World methods and unfiltered juice.


"A vintage that had big yields and a hectic harvest, the 1997 Monte Bello is a sexy, supple and layered beauty that's drinking beautifully today. Cassis, toasted spice, cigar and dried herbs all flow nicely to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has solid textured, good mid-palate depth and still present tannin. I thought the tannin could be cause for concern at first, but they sweetened up with time in the glass; nevertheless, I see no need to delay gratification and would drink while the getting is good." eRobertParker.com

"Sexy, lifted aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, tree bark, mint and roasted herbs. Intensely flavored and surprisingly firm and energetic, with sweet plum, currant, tobacco and earth flavors lingering through a persistent finish. Tannins are firm and dusty but fine-grained. There's nothing at all over the top about this midweight, focused, juicy wine." Stephen Tanzer