WE 96pts. - WA 94pts. - Tasting Notes - Opaque in color, the Monument Ridge conveys aromas and flavors of black cherry, damson plum, blueberry, cardamom, dried herbs and orange peel. The palate is striking for its concentration, all held in check by gravelly tannins and a distinct sagebrush note so common to the wines from this ridge. Rated 90+
According to the Wine Enthusiast: A dramatic wine, authoritative in tannins, bone dry and noble. Withholds its best under a cloak of astringency, but already shows its mountain terroir in the complexity of its structure and deep, intense blackberry, currant, blueberry and dried herb flavors. Should develop bottle complexities for at least a decade and probably longer.- Editor's Choice
According to the Wine Advocate: The biggest production cuvee, the inky/purple-tinged 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Monument Ridge is fabulous. Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc aged 16 months in 76% new French oak casks, it reveals abundant aromas of creme de cassis, graphite, ink, licorice, and fruitcake in a full-bodied, Pauillac-like style with plenty of sweet tannin. These are far and away the most impressive group of Stonestreet Alexander Mountain estate wines I have ever tasted. Kudos to proprietor Jess Jackson and winemakers Graham Weerts and Marcia Monahan for exploiting this high elevation terroir.