Hello all, first post. Really enjoying Jeff Leve's reviews on wines I like, and have grown to trust him. Currently my favorite affordable wine is Ridge's Monte Bello. I keep reading how, as far as California Cabs go, this is the most like a Bordeaux, but I've never had a Bordeaux like this.
I would say Bordeaux is my second-favorite style of wine and I appreciate the earthiness, minerality, lower alcohol, and lack of sugar, but I find in general they have less "flavor" than a good CA Cab. I've been trying the Leovilles recently and could almost see the Monte Bello comparison with a good Las Cases, but still, they're quite different.
So... I'm dying to try a Bordeaux that's like the Monte Bello (I know this is backwards -- the Monte Bello is like a Bordeaux, not the other way around, but I'd like to see what they mean). Any suggestions?