Robert Parker 87.0
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Monte Bello Vineyard is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Lighter than normal for a Monte Bello, it will also be more limited in terms of longevity (these wines can sometimes last 35-50 years). The medium-bodied 2011 offers up red and blackcurrant and spicy oak notes, a modestly endowed mouthfeel and light tannin. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026
Ridge’s 2011 Monte Bello shows beautifully, even next to some of the more important vintages that are part of this vertical. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, spices and graphite form an attractive core of flavors and textures. The 2011 is a bit slender and likely to mature earlier than some of the more structured vintages, but that only contributes to its near and medium-term accessibility. Hints of sage, lavender and black fruits add the final shades of nuance. This is one of the better showings of the 2011 from bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2036