Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2004
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains|
International Wine Cellar
"Ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis, blackberry, minerals, bitter chocolate, tobacco and fresh herbs. Fat, broad and sweet, with nicely integrated acidity and complex hints of leather, herbs, licorice, chocolate and minerals. This cheek-coating wine is a bit more filled in than the 2003 release. Finishes with superfine tannins and lovely subtle persistence." Score:91-94 barrel tasting
The 2004 Monte Bello (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) reveals a similar dark ruby/purple color, but it is not as thick looking as the 2003 or 2005. A lighter, more elegant example of Monte Bello, the finesse-styled 2004 does not possess the power one normally sees in this wine. It offers pure fruit, a pretty, St.-Julien-like style, notes of cedar, spice box, herbs, background oak, and red as well as black currants, and silky tannin. It is capable of lasting 15-20 years.
Tart and a bit green and leafy around the edges, with spice, dusty red plum and subtle minerally notes. Ends with fleshy tannins and good length. Balanced, intense and persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2010 through 2017.