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1994 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate
Red Bordeaux Blend
- San Francisco Bay
- Santa Cruz Mountains
Community Tasting Notes 9
bobweis Likes this wine: (92 points)
September 6, 2015 - One spicy meatball. Black-Crimson and rich but balanced with a great tangy note of complexity. Won't lead you to a new philosophy or even a new place but it will remind you that aged cabs can be terrific fun. Structured enough for winter drinking but perfect with grilled meats and graceful enough to go a round with grilled chicken. A bargain still.
indiscriminate palate wrote: (90 points)
August 12, 2015 - Grand larceny, wine 3. Mild, dusty tannin. Red fruit and herbs. Loads of wood. Back to my earlier experiences - a bit heavy-handed oak and simple. Yummy.
indiscriminate palate wrote: (91 points)
August 12, 2015 - Grand larceny commemoration wine #2. Red fruit, subtle wood notes, but if spice. Essentially no tannin left. Pretty. Starting the downswing.
David J Cooper wrote: (93 points)
June 12, 2015 - Medium red. Great resolved wine. Still shows some red fruit, cassis. Delicious and at it's peak.
salil wrote: (91 points)
May 11, 2015 - Drinking superbly now, with layers of ripe red and dark fruit, cedar wood, pencil lead, and some herbal elements all coming together on a medium weight frame that feels very polished with the tannin mostly resolved. There's surprisingly bright acidity beneath that gives the flavours plenty of lift, and good length.
Pro Reviews 2
By Chris Kissack
November 2007 (link) 18.5 points
(Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet) This wine still has a remarkable colour, something I noted when tasting this in 2002. It has a dense, pure, dark garnet hue, with a raspberry-pink rim, which is somewhat dusky but otherwise the wine shows no sign of age at all! The nose is slightly high-toned, with lots of fruit still, and the complexities of perfumed violets, black olives and a wet, pebbly character. There is also a very faint, mushroomy nuance. Overall, this is simply beautiful. On the palate it is fresh, showing good substance, but immediately cut through by a tingling, decisive acidity. It has a lovely, slightly detached character, despite its fleshy weight, and flavours of black olive with an appealingly bitter edge, and fine black fruits. It is dry, less opulent and lush than my last tasting (a good thing I think) and has an attractively balanced structure. Gently ripe tannins rear up at the finish, showing this has plenty of cellar time ahead of it. Really great quality here in this very impressive wine from Ridge.
By Chris Kissack
October 2002 (link) 18+ points
(Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon) Another deeply coloured wine. Sweet, lush Cabernet fruit on the nose. Full bodied on the palate, packed with sweetly flavoured fruit, and plenty of tannic and acidic structure.
- Vintage 1994
- Type Red
- Producer Ridge
- Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
- Designation Santa Cruz Mountains Estate
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion San Francisco Bay
- Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 49 (53%)
- Consumed 44 (47%)