1981 Monte Bello

1981 Monte Bello

Wine Information

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot




Monte Bello


Santa Cruz Mountains

Alcohol By Volume


Vintage Notes

This fine vintage was smaller in quantity than the 1980 and produced elegant varietal character. Given the claret style of the wine, we aged part in new French oak, and the rest in our traditional air-dried American oak. Virtually all of our small estate vineyards at Monte Bello were included, and their distinct qualities, along with that of our Merlot, contribute complexity. This excellent wine should begin to open up in two or three years but will need at least eight years to develop fully.


Begun in 1959, Ridge was one of the first of today’s chateau-size California wineries, that is, those that attempt only the highest quality at the quality levels of the classified chateaux (up to 40,000 cases). All the wines are aged in small oak cooperage with the majority receiving no cellar treatment other than racking. Located above 2300 feet on the Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, our winery and main vineyards overlook San Francisco Bay.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 92.1

No. of Tasting Notes: 46

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