2017 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Sturdy but silky Californian Cabernet made with a lo-fi philosophy from the legendary Ridge Vineyards.


The 2017 is an outrageously beautiful wine. Don’t miss it.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

About The Wine

Fruit for the sumptuous Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the famed Monte Bello vineyard site, with grapes from more recently planted vines, making a more approachable wine than the massively cellarworthy Monte Bello blend.

But this is no flighty lightweight wine but a powerful, dense Cabernet in its own right, with dark fruit seemingly dipped in cassis, coffee, chocolate and spices galore.

Unlike its many Cali Cab competitors this is done with a light touch in winery, with natural yeast ferment, natural malolactic and only a smidge of sulphur.

A silky, layered, concentrated wine of huge cellaring potential.

About Ridge Vineyards

Ridge is one of the greatest names in American wine, renowned for the original gangster Monte Bello blend, and for some of the best Zinfandels ever produced.

Its history dates way back to 1885 when an Italian doctor Osea Perrone planted vines on the Monte Bello ridge, named the nascent winery Monte Bello, and released wine from 1892. His original cellar, built into the ridge, is still the home of the modern winery, located in the Santa Cruz mountains, just south of San Francisco.

After periods of decline and restoration, and several owners, the arrival of winemaker Paul Draper in 1969 led to the winery taking off, eschewing modern, mass-production methods to make brilliant non-intervention wines, and developing phenomenal Zinfandels from the nearby Geyserville vineyard, and then Lytton Springs in Sonoma County. They are have the largest plantings of organic vineyards in Sonoma and Santa Cruz region.

Ridge wines represent the heritage of American wine, and remain out of the country's most outstanding producers.

The Monte Bello vineyard
The Monte Bello vineyard
Santa Cruz, California
Additional Info

From The Producer

Saturated purple in color. Aromas of cassis, blueberry, cola, licorice, and sweet oak. Ripe blackberry fruit entry, full bodied, rich textures, exotic spice roasted coffee, and toasted oak aftertaste. Complex, long, sensuous finish.

Hand-harvested, estate-grown grapes; destemmed and sorted; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; minimum effective sulfur (35ppm at crush, 109 ppm during aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (21%), Cabernet Franc (3%), Petit Verdot (1%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

The beautiful Santa Cruz mountain wine region
The beautiful Santa Cruz mountain wine region
Santa Cruz, California
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Wine Advocate

"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Monte Bello Vineyard is blended with 21% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The nose is still tightly wound, taking plenty of air to reveal deep aromas of cassis, tobacco, licorice and coffee with top notes of violet and graphite. The palate is full-bodied and powerful, with a firm grain and concentrated fruits, and it finishes very long, layered and uplifted. This will require more time in bottle than the Klein Cabernet.” -Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate)


"Ridge’s 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous choice for readers who want a Monte Bello fix now, without having to wait. Supple, radiant and silky, with tremendous balance, the 2017 is just flat-out delicious and utterly irresistible. Dark red cherry/plum fruit, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco and a kick of American oak build as this sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon shows its allure. The 2017 is an outrageously beautiful wine. Don’t miss it.” -Antonio Galloni (Vinous)


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