Cabernet Sauvignon - Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains

DescriptionName: Monte Bello Bordeaux-Style Blend
Color: Red
 Grape(s)70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
 AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains California
Maker: Ridge Vineyards
Cost: $175.00

Food PairingsMeats & Seafood: Poached, grilled, fried, baked or roasted beef, lamb, game and game birds.
Sauce: Au jus, savory, tomato, mustard, peppercorn
Cheese: Soft or hard goat cheese, hard cow and sheep cheese
Other: Chocolate

Taste ProfileNotes: One of our most concentrated vintages ever. Intense black fruit, a pronounced mineral component, and subtle floral notes, combined with rich tannins, give the 2005 potential for greatness. Though it is difficult to identify another vintage of similar characteristics this early on, the exceptional 1996 might come closest.
 Quick Classification: Big Red