2004 Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains Monte Bello Vineyard
Spicy aromas of cedar, coffee, cola syrup, and cinnamon complement dark black cherry/plum fruit, cedar, and tar. Fruit in good balance with chalky tannins. Needs time to open, and time to age.
Wine Advocate: 90 Points
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.
Steven Tanzer: 94 Points
"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