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Ridge Monte Bello 1995

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97 Points!  The 1995 Monte Bello is powerful, bright and incisive. At twenty years of age, the 1995 retains gorgeous, refreshing acidity that gives the wine lift and energy. The 1995 is a brooding Monte Bello, with darker tonalities of fruit and accompanying notes of smoke, licorice, spice, menthol, tobacco and cedar. Although the 1995 is striking today, it could also use more time in bottle, as it remains a touch compact and austere, especially next to the 2012 and 2002 tasted alongside it. Readers who enjoy cool, mineral and savory inflected Cabernets will adore the 1995, a wine that will drink well for another 20 years. Vineyard manager David Gates describes 1995 as a cool, relaxed, late ripening season that yielded small berries with elevated tannins. A second recent bottle was a bit more open and ample. Either way, the 1995 Monte Bello is a remarkably vivid, expressive wine that has a long life ahead of it.  Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, July 2016
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97 Points!  Amazing flowers and lavender and blackberries. Love the nose. Tobacco and cigar box. Full-bodied, with firm and round tannins. Then there's rosemary and berry on the finish. Give it time.  James Suckling, April 9, 2012
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Places America  > California  > Santa Cruz Mountains
Color Red
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintages 1995
Sizes 750ml
WS Score N/A
WA Score N/A
BH Score N/A
JS Score 97
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NM Score N/A
VM Score 97
DEC Score N/A
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