Dinner With Paul Draper in NYC - older vintages of Ridge (Cafe Boulud): Wow, a great bottle of this wine which smells very much like a Latour with a wonderful nose of black fruits, minerals and roasted walnuts. Perfectly mature now with wonderful earthy dark fruit flavors and a smooth, silky first-growth type texture. Really elegant and fine but also grippy on the finish with complex notes of tar, black earth and minerals. Wow!
Past its peak, but very enjoyable. Beautiful brick color. Sweet nose with tobacco. Nice fruit, a touch acidic. Clay and more tobacco notes. Very good finish.Intricate structure. Delicious as well as fascinating. Lasted for a whole dinner and excellent with a special duck prep.
With MPL and BLR at Singer & Foy. Very dark ruby. Very mature. Very dark chocolate aromas. Loads of rich fruit-just monstrous fruit-it's so big and rich. I LOVE it. Really amazing at this age. Chocolate covered cherries. 5-10-18-9: 92/100.
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(Ridge Monte Bello) Bricking medium dark red violet color; appealing, tart cassis, light menthol, shitake mushroom, tart red currant nose; delicious, mature, tart red currant, light tobacco, mushroom, tart raspberry palate with medium-plus acidity; long finish (12.7% alcohol)
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