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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 54 
TypeRed
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationSanta Cruz Mountains Estate
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains
UPC Code(s)744442271979

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2003 and 2009 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Red on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.7 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by WineCellarTV on 10/31/2013 & rated 95 points: Deep and dark-red. Garnet.
Dense, vital and powerful colors with no signs of aging.
Play of Dark Berries- mostly Cassis. Some Black Cherries and Fruit in Rum. Multilayered secondary & tertiary characters of Earth, Tar, Tobacco and Oak come with beautiful hints of Lovage and Fresh Herbs. Some Eucalypt.
Soft and fresh Aromas with nice harmony and intensity!
Flavors of Cassis and other Dark Berries. Cedar.
Dark Chocolate. Smoky traces, Leather and Oak. Mild Spices and Exotic Perfume. Vital Freshness with decent Green Notes. Minerality (!)
Finishes long and beautiful with Dark-red Fruit, Coolness, Soft Tannins, Little Acidity and Peppery Spiciness.
Nicely integrated structure with great complexity and pleasant mouthfeel!

Very alive wine with a perfect integrated structure!
Intensely colored, complex, harmonious, concentrated and fresh Cabernet from a very good year with great play of ripe fruit and secondary (tertiary) characteristics.
See more at cellartv.wordpress.com (928 views)
 Tasted by Timbalimba on 7/25/2011 & rated 90 points: Still vibrant in the glass. Nuanced layers from dark cherry center to pink hue. Fine, warm bouquet, spreading kirsch fruit, Christmas spices, wonderfully integrated oak. Palate is big, still tight, packing good acidity and fine tannins. Finishes with cherry and a spectrum of tertiary aromas. Long. Superbly balanced. Another classy effort from Ridge. Drink now or keep for another five to ten if you have a cold cellar. 90+ (1729 views)
 Tasted by windinthewillows1 on 3/6/2010: wonderful; still has great flavor (1981 views)
 Tasted by Frederyck on 3/8/2009: Absolutely wonderfully aged, even though it probably was even better a couple of years ago. There was still some vibrant fruitiness, but not enough by a stretch. Lots of dark toned cedar berry, mellow well-integrated tannins and a long almost chocolate heavy aftertaste. (2384 views)
 Tasted by greenblanket on 5/18/2008: This took a while to open and fill out on the mid palate and finish but it just kept getting better all night. It presented rich black fruits framed by spicy tasty cedar and other dark spices. It received a 100% new oak treatment with 80% being American. Wow! 80%! It's a good thing that No Spit has traveled off the continent because this much oak would put him in a coma. Actually, Greenblanket can picture him as we drank this - sitting on the beach in Maui doubled over by the pain caused by the massive disturbance in the force. But Greenblanket digresses . He loved this wine and was impressed that it was made with the stuffing to wait for 100% new oak to integrate into a lovely complement to the dark flavorful mountain fruit. Very Bordeaux like Greenblanket thinks. And outstanding. (2315 views)
 Tasted by Big_Al on 4/9/2007 & rated 86 points: Pop and pour .. paired with grilled ribeye. A bit understated with fruit component fading. Perhaps bottle variation, but this one is certainly passed its prime. (2027 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 7/14/2006 & rated 89 points: Deep ruby, narrow rim.
On the nose, intense, luscious, sexy ripe black fruits, hints of chocolate, some spice.
A full bodied wine, with intense ripe black fruits, plum, some spice, with a nice shot of balancing acidity and hints of chocolate coming through on the lingering finish. Decent complexity here, but still plenty of tannins which would be a little intrusive on the finish without food.

Very enjoyable now with a rare sirloin steak, this is still on the way up. (1938 views)
 Tasted by mj3putt on 2/11/2005 & rated 90 points: I drank this wine with some parmesan reggiano cheese...at first it was very closed and not rich or fruity but opened up after roughly 60 minutes and offered scents of chocolate, mint, leather and berry. It got more creamy as time went on as well. It also included some sediment. Very nice wine. (2221 views)
 Tasted by Joe Belmaati on 11/14/2003 & rated 90 points: At $25 this wine is a steal! This is just terrific. Don't remember the last time that I had a $25 bottle this good. Pleasant, round, balanced and refined this was just perfect with steak. Maybe a bit hard to get a lot of scents out of the glass. And, of course, lacking those final dimensions and complexity that wine 3 times the price posses. To me, though, this is a real stand-out wine... price considering. (2705 views)

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Ridge

Producer website | Wikipedia

Ridge Vineyards is a California winery specializing in premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay wines. Ridge produces wine at two winery locations in northern California. The original winery facilities are located at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 m) on Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA near Cupertino, California. The other Ridge winery facilities are at Lytton Springs in the Dry Creek Valley AVA of Sonoma County.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

 
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