Monte Bello Earns 100-Point Rating

May 2024

In a recent trip to our Lytton Springs winery, Executive Editor Jim Gordon tasted the 2021 Monte Bello and awarded it a perfect 100-point score. The accompanying article reads:

One of California’s most collectible cabernet sauvignons does not come from Napa Valley. Executive Editor Jim Gordon last week tasted the newly released Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains Monte Bello 2021 and gave it a perfect score, calling it massively concentrated, taut but trim. It was aged in all-new barrels, predominantly American, which is quite unusual for a top California cabernet.

Ridge Vineyards 2021 Monte Bello

2021 Monte Bello | 100 Points

“Tightly wound at this stage, the wine is massively concentrated, taut, yet trim and medium-bodied. Aged in 100% new oak, predominantly American, it offers espresso, blackberry, black cherry and vanilla bean flavors with a linear intensity and drive. Known to age and improve for several decades, this is one of California’s most collectible cabs and from a classic, age-worthy vintage.” –Jim Gordon, May 2024

Members Get First Access

This wine will be released exclusively to club members in August. We have three wine club options: Monte Bello Collector, Advance Tasting Program (ATP), and Z List. Benefits of becoming a club member include exclusive access to small-production wines, complimentary tastings, members-only offers & discounts, and so much more!


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