The 2016 Monte Bello is a drop-dead gorgeous release from Ridge. Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc this stunning wine begins with seductive aromatics of fresh black currants and dark cherries which are woven together with flowers, graphite, herbs, tobacco and hints of earthy minerals that all take shape beautifully. On the palate this possesses a wonderful full-bodied texture with outstanding structure and remarkable overall balance and concentration. It continues to thoroughly impress as it goes on to display incredible purity and precision all the way through the beautiful long finish. The 2016 has it all, and while it is already extremely appealing, yet could also evolve gracefully for decades. This certainly has the potential to become one of great vintages for Monte Bello.