Decanted for sediment (necessary). Tasted at 2 hrs. Young looking. Black to deep purple edge. Cassis, cherry and a hint of menthol. Some complexity, Loveley blend of Cab and Merlot. Reaching end of primary and beginning secondary. Medium to long, lingering finish. This got better and better with more time open. Best at 4 hours when we finished. Good balance, acid, fruit and tannin. I would keep up to another 5 years.
This is obviously better than previously tasting a year+ ago. Tannins are resolving and this is drinking well straight from the bottle. Medium bodied. Bordeaux style with a tart quality and a stoney finish. Lots of minerals and comes across like a low alcohol wine.
ChTR kokous 18.3.2015 (SKO-toimisto): Decanted. This was a rather dark purplish wine with some browning becoming evident. The nose was a blast of cassis, tons of black fruit, and quite a bit of toasty vanilla, very California, but very enticing. The palate had lots of tannins and lots of cassis, full-bodied, big, bold and delicious. An excellent wine in its genre, I enjoyed it!
Great blend of red and black fruits; palate is medium to full bodied, integrated tannins, nice texture; medium finish. Very nice and balanced overall, but there are better vintages of this bottling (the 2010 and 2012 come to mind). 89-90
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(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Very dark ruby color; appealing, rich, ripe berry, baking spice, loganberry, black plum, black currant nose; very appealing, tasty, rich, blackberry, ripe black currant, black fruit, black plum palate with ripe tannins and integrating oak; approachable now and should continue to age well for 5+ years; medium-plus finish 93+ points (tasted from three bottles with consistent notes)
(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Dark red violet color; deep cassis, red plum nose with a tough of menthol lift; tightish, tasty, poised, cassis, tart plum palate with depth; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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