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1999 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA

Wine Notes

Indicative blend: Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $147   From: $120   To: $200

Search Rank 102 What is this?
Over all vintages, this was the 102nd most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year.
Search rank last month: 110th

Score: 92   When to drink: 2005 to 2020
The Wine-Searcher score of 92/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
92/100    
92/100    
18/20    
18/20   2005 to 2020
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Price History for 1999 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
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Grape Variety

A Bordeaux Blend, at its most basic, is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. The phrase, which seems to have originated with British wine merchants in the 19th Century, relates as much to wines made from the blend as to the grape variety combination itself (© Copyright material, Wine-Searcher.com). Far from being an officially defined or legal term, it is almost never used for wine-labeling purposes (although it occasionally appears on back labels). Its equivalent in the United States is Meritage, which is not only legally defined, but also a registered trademark.

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Region
  • Santa Cruz Mountains is, as its name suggests, a mountainous AVA that sits between Monterey Bay and San Francisco. The rugged terroir in the mountains can be extremely trying for vignerons, but those who persevere are rewarded with some of California's most celebrated wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The AVA covers a huge tract of land in the Santa Cruz Mountain range, spilling into San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in the north and east respectively. Given the inhospitable nature of the land, vineyards cover only a small percentage of the AVA, and are mostly planted at higher ...more

  • The Central Coast AVA in California covers the long stretch of coastline from San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara, and reaches inland from the Pacific Ocean to the borders of the Central Valley. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region, making it impossible to generalize about win...more

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