Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 1500ml (1500ml)

  • Wine Type

    Red Wine

  • Size


  • Vintage


  • Country


  • Region


  • Sub-Region

    Santa Cruz Mountains

  • Grape

    Cabernet FrancCabernet SauvignonMerlotPetit Verdot

  • Farming Method

    OrganicAll of our products that are tagged with the term Organic are either organic certified or organic practicing. Learn More

  • ABV


  • Food Pairing

    BBQGameRed Meat

  • Vegan Friendly


The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountain side on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600′, it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard.”

Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Ridge takes a pre-industrial approach to winemaking; find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine.

Tasting Notes

Complex aromas of blackberry, tobacco, roasted coffee bean and wintergreen and a slight mountain character.  On the palate, concentrated plum layered with well-coated tannins, firm acidity, oak spice and notes of licorice, mint and minerality.  This is a wine with lots of concentration without being heavy; it shows a lot of finesse and polish.  Give this 10 years to fully open up and reveal itself, though has the structure to develop for 20 years.  If you are impatient, just make sure to decant it and serve it in a proper glass with a steak or aged cheese. 


Ridge has been producing Monte Bello since 1962!  The 2019 was a vintage that started off with a lot of rain in the Spring that gave the vines a lot of vigor, the summer was warm, long and even that lasted into the fall.   The estate grown organic Monte Bello Vineyard grapes were hand harvested, each vineyard block was harvested separately, between the end of September and October 20th. The grapes were destemmed and sorted; fermented with native yeasts and underwent full malolactic fermentation.  After all the wines from the different blocks have gone through malolactic fermentation, the wines were tasted blind before being assembled to make up the final wine.  The wine aged for seventeen months in barrel; 100% new air-dried oak barrels: 95% American, 5% French.

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