Beautifully aged and still vibrant bordeaux blend. Delightfully musty, barnyardy, leathery nose. Balanced on the palate, dark fruits, spice and cola. Perhaps a year or two past its peak but lovely bottle and paired wonderfully with rabbit.
Dark ruby with a slightly lighter edge. Spicy nose with notes of red fruits. Full, fairly primary and lively palate with spices, some chocolate and black fruits. Feels more like a 2001 northern rhone than a 1994 ridge! Needs more time...
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(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.
(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.