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| ||Tasted by Jasper May on 6/24/2015 & rated 89 points: Dark red/black at the rim - quite evolved nose of blackberries and dark fruits. Medium bodied, to a degree a currently closed palate, very ripe with slightly grainy tannins, this wine is in sore need of more cellar time. (758 views)|
| ||Tasted by BigTex22 on 5/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice cab. Best of 3 bottles we had. VERY GOOD. (1653 views)|
| ||Tasted by wineotim on 5/18/2015 & rated 91 points: Lots of oak on the nose. This bottle has lost some of its edge from previous one. Not as exciting or deep. I will buy some 2012's for sure. Looking forward to those. (1757 views)|
| ||Tasted by Battersea James on 5/3/2015 & rated 92 points: A touch of strawberries and sweetness on the nose. Lovely fruit on the palate followed by a toffee like sweetness. Medium bodied with nice integrated tannins. I think this is a fantastic wine. (2059 views)|
| ||Tasted by horse on 4/19/2015 & rated 93 points: Cassis, other fruits, and some oak on the nose. Fruit forward and seemingly young initially, but really opens up after a few hours of air with layers of complexity (decant would accelerate opening). Delicious with medium to full body and a long finish. I'm planning to give my two other bottles more age, but we really enjoyed this bottle. High quality juice. (2095 views)|
| ||Tasted by egh on 3/8/2015 & rated 92 points: A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc that clocks in at 13.0% alcohol. Youthful, exuberant, fleshy, concentrated, lush, and expansive with an aromatic and flavor profile of cassis, blackberry, graphite, and cedar/oak. Just a terrific wine that is already drinking well, but seemingly has the raw material and certainly the pedigree to warrant at least mid-term aging. 92(+?) points. (2806 views)|
| ||Tasted by Bodes on 2/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Such beautiful integration for such a young wine. Should evolve beautifully but I enjoyed it immensely with a decant. From half bottle at Le Pigeon. (2444 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mech-E on 2/2/2015 & rated 91 points: Took a bit to open up but was fleshy and fruity when ready. Medium-full bodied, nearly purple hue. Strong tannins. (2612 views)|
| ||Tasted by RayOB on 1/13/2015 & rated 89 points: Drank at Boisdales|
Nice but has some slight harsh edges, probably needed to decant it for longer or weight a couple more years. (2299 views)
| ||Tasted by swivel112 on 12/26/2014: Beautiful match for Christmas dinner (standing rib roast, potatoes, popovers, etc. etc.). Drinking really well right now. (2360 views)|
| ||Tasted by Martin Redmond on 12/20/2014 & rated 91 points: Wonderfully balanced with an appealing cassis, blackberry, loam, cedarwood character. Very persistent on the palate. Long finish. From magnum. Young approachable now, but would love to revisit in 5 years! 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc; 13% alcohol (2332 views)|
| ||Tasted by -E- on 12/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Klar, dyp mørk rød. Mørk nese med solbær, kirsch, mildt treverk, lette,florale toner og hint av vanilje. |
Klar og fast frukt med fin konsentrasjon og frisk, saftig syre. Lett og slank kropp, men med god fylde. Milde tanniner i tørr utgang med fin lengde. Lette kryddertoner i finish. Trenger tid. (2404 views)
| ||Tasted by Benj on 12/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Nose is initially rich cassis and ripe blackberry, slight metallic/graphite note, some woody herbs, over time smooths out and joined by subtle but deep coffee and cocoa, more baked fruit. Palate has good acid (especially on the attack) and medium plus tannins (fine, leathery, especially on mid-palate). Finish is very long and surprisingly bright with a red fruit kick after 5-10 seconds, notable pomegranate. Extremely delicious but young. Could use another 5 years. 13.0% $45. 92+ (2389 views)|
| ||Tasted by dustbuddy on 11/13/2014 & rated 90 points: "America's First Growth" The Ridge Tasting (Tott's, The Excelsior): Far finer than the zins that went before. Leafy, tobacco aromas stand out amongst fruit which give welcome complexity. All slightly too subtle perhaps but very easy to drink right now. (2788 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lessthanzero on 11/12/2014 & rated 90 points: Classic cab, but needs more time. (2276 views)|
| ||Tasted by .M. on 11/8/2014 & rated 90 points: veldig primær fortsatt, solbæressens og noe lær og knust stein med luft. kommer til å bli bra, men vent. (2068 views)|
| ||Tasted by sandros1 on 11/6/2014 & rated 91 points: I found currant, leather and maybe even some toast upon opening it. It was smooth, but maybe almost too smooth. That said, over the evening, it opened up well, and was a very easy, and delicious drinker. |
Second night it was just as good as the first. Kept it cool (55deg). I was very impressed with how well this did.
As per the tasting assistant:
The wine looks crimson colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like black currant (cassis), toast and tobacco. The body is medium. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes short to medium. The wine has low acidity. (2211 views)
| ||Tasted by klezman on 8/16/2014: Nose full of vanilla from oak with a lot of butterscotch! Very strange to get that from a Ridge wine. Must have seen a bunch of new or highly charred oak. Not a huge ball of tannin but otherwise it was quite tight. We'll see how this goes on day 2. (3647 views)|
| ||Tasted by kuumies on 7/21/2014: A half bottle, decanted for 1,5 hours or so. A pretty dark red color, pale at the edges. Very bold and expressive on the nose, offering a massive sweet, yet most definitely not overripe blackcurrant note upfront. Also to be found are notes of bright red cherry, iron, mocha and dry wood. On the palate firm and very confident , possessing loads of dry blackcurrant fruit and sizeable tannins to back it up. Overall feel is very fresh, bright and lifted. Not a huge Cab by any means, drinking very easily until a fairly prominent spice/bitter component appears on the finish. The flavor profile is quite primary and simple, but delightfully savoury still. The gripping tannins lead to a laudably long, harmonious and dry finish. Lighter than expected, but I can't say I'm unhappy with the wine. (3551 views)|
| ||Tasted by jimyeni on 5/18/2014 & rated 91 points: Agree with the call that the oak isn't integrated yet. Gives off quite a bit of pepper, and pencil as a result. Beautiful black cherry and quite a bit of plum with that nice minerality I expect from Sonoma. Enjoyed. (3690 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Canuck on 4/7/2014 & rated 91 points: California Wine Fair - Toronto, ON (Fairmont Royal York): Second time tasted this year with a consistent experience though seemingly just a touch less unintegrated oak this time. A very pretty wine and you can tell it will be good but needs time. Nose of mineral, concrete dust, graphite, cassis, black cherry, perfume, mushroom, cedar and slight vanilla/coconut note. Palate is dense and ripe with lots of blackerry and cassis, with firm but ripe tannin. Finish is medium plus in length. Should merit a point or two more as it ages. I really enjoy this style. (4796 views)|
| ||Tasted by sunnylea57 on 4/6/2014 & rated 93 points: FIRST NIGHT:|
On opening, the oak is prominent and it's still a baby... but there's lots of good stuff going on. It opened up somewhat over the course of the evening to show good acidity, a decent tannic backbone, lush fruit, and some savoury notes that should move further to the forefront in time.
24 HOURS LATER:
It has all come together. Classic Cab Sauv black fruit, but balanced with a bit of feminine red berry. Superb tobacco and leather notes that linger on the finish. Fantastic fine grained, slightly dusty tannins. And refreshing acidity. Excellent balance. A serious, understated Cab.
It's still young, but it's already a really, really good bottle. Exactly my style of Cali Cab. (3818 views)
| ||Tasted by Jhcwine on 4/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Medium bodied. Not as full bodied or intense as many over extracted cali cabs, so kudos to Ridge on that. But limited structure to this; limited tannin. Pleasant, even slightly delicate fruit. But no complexity. Died by day 2, but this was likely due to an ineffective wine preservation system (Wine Preserve). Will retry. (3355 views)|
| ||Tasted by dzitt on 4/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Couleur foncé et violacé. Nez parfumé de fruits noirs, d'épices, de bois de cèdre de tabac. En bouche, beau mélange de saveurs de fruits noirs (cerise, mûres), épices (muscade, poivre noir), cuir, bois de cèdre. Acidité juste, ensemble enveloppant et très savoureux, sans être rigide ou sucré, même si un peu de sucre brun est perceptible. Finale longue. Un très beau vin jeune, mais pas nécessairement pour la longue garde. Excellent + (4064 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mrbuzz on 4/2/2014 & rated 93 points: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc….13% alc…..Parker hates it(87pts "low alc, lacking flesh, flavor dimension and density" )…..I LOVE it! First thing I look for in young Cali Cabs these days…sweetness. I HATE too sweet cabs…which most are. The fruit here is silky smooth…liqueured berry, creme de cassis….ripe, but not too sweet. Wonderful licorice, graphite powder, tobacco leaf menthol, white pepper spice, espresso bean……silky tannins, but still keeps the wine tight. Nice spicy oak shades…cold stones/earth….balanced well. An elegant little sipper here from Ridge! (3339 views)|
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate) Very dark red violet color; appealing, tart black currant, cedar nose; tart black currant, loam palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc) 93 points
|By Richard Jennings|
(Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate) Dark purple red violet color; appealing, black currant, loam nose; tight, tasty, tart black currant, loam, cedar palate with medium acidity; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc; 13% alcohol) 92 points
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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.
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EstateIn the United States, "Wines with “estate bottled” designations must: a) also designate an appellation of origin or an AVA, and both the vineyards and the winery must be located there; b) the grapes must come from vineyards owned or controlled by the winery; and c) the wine must have been produced, from crush to bottle, in a continuous process without leaving the winery’s premises."
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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.