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 Vintage1996 Label 1 of 111 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 1997 vintage.)
ProducerRidge (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationSanta Cruz Mountains Estate
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2020 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Wineguy74 on 3/18/2016 flawed bottle: Past prime for both bottles - better after 1 hour of decanting but still not what one would expect (95 views)
 Tasted by coremill on 2/10/2013 & rated 86 points: Quite similar to a bottle of the 91 I had recently, and similarly disappointing. Earthy, leathery, some menthol, a bit anonymous, fruit has faded. Still a fair bit of tannin that while smooth is a bit blocky. Perhaps showing more fruit on day 2, but I can't imagine this needs more time. I'd rather bet that's it's past prime, but I would have thought this bottling would age better. (1380 views)
 Tasted by Colima74 on 1/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Still loaded with fruit, secondary flavors showing very well. This was one of the bottles drained very quickly at Sidney's party, so it was well-received. (1256 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 7/21/2011: Bobby's Birthday Bash (28-50): Stylistically similar to the 91 but without the mint. Obviously younger and fuller, but it does leave me with a sense of the alcohol. More fruit, more primary, a little tighter and stricter. *** (2172 views)
 Tasted by graemeg on 1/6/2010: {cork, 13%} Aged cabernet nose (80% this year), slightly varnishy, of cedar and cigarboxes. Palate is consistent with that, somewhat astringent, only medium-bodied, with a ripe warmth of curranty fruits and old wood. Even enough palate coverage, although the tannins - drying, dusty - really are beginning to stick out on the finish. Drink up (2215 views)
 Tasted by LoireFan on 7/3/2005 & rated 91 points: A very nice bottle with a Heritage Turkey. (2916 views)
 Tasted by graemeg on 7/2/2005: At nearly 10, this is impressively blue-black in colour still. The nose is pure ripe blackcurrant & cassis; powerful and insistent, but not overbearing. Vanillan oak plays a supporting role. The palate is full/medium, very pure and cool, ripe, yet not overly so. Mostly front-mid palate in texture, the finish is long, the tannins softened; all up a very fine wine. Knocks just about any local cabernet under $50 into a cocked hat. (1391 views)
 Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 10/10/2003 & rated 87 points: Super bright dark colour. Very good nose - soft, herby cabernet. Very good attack. Excellent fruit on palate. But seems to fall apart a little on the finish, becoming a little disjointed - tannins, spice and fruit seem to separate out and go along their own paths. (1718 views)
 Tasted by graemeg on 6/2/2003: NobleRottersSydney - 1996 night (Lucio's, Paddington): A deep red, this has a rich toasty nose of still-fresh cabernet fruit. Tannins have softened a little, the oak is not dominant on the palate. Has come together nicely, but still appears to have life left to develop some more complexity. Lovely wine. Wouldn’t have been at all out-of-place in a line up of top Oz cabernets – which is not a comment on the relative merits of either, rather a reflection on the similarity of styles. (1502 views)

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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.


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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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