Dark ruby to purple. Nose of blackberry, plum, some cassis, some smoke. Palate with good depth of fruit, some minerality, and smooth tannins. This was a powerful wine with good balance. I enjoyed this wine very much.
The first bottle opened from a case purchased 6 and a half years ago on the strength of the wine at release. I was concerned that I might have waited too long, but, not too worry, the wine is still a baby at ten years old! Deeply colored and still a very youthful purple with the barest hint of garnet at the rim. Very bright and lively with notes of ripe, fresh-picked blackberries. Incredibly silky texture with firm tannins. According to the winemaker's notes a higher then usual percentage of new oak was used and the effects are still evident even ten years later with subtle notes of toast and vanilla. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot. In 2005 the blend for this second label included a few lots normally reserved for Ridge's Monte Bello bottling. That quality and class is evident here. I doubt I will open another bottle for 3 to 5 years or so.
Deep dark red center, red rim with only slight signs of age. Toasty, plummy, some cassis, black raspberries, loamy earth, slight astringency, black olives Smooth but has structure, not sweet, tart cherries and blackcurrants, sinewy, good acidity and balancing tannins, a little greenness (but pleasant for it), slightly muted middle and end. Finish is of ripe red fruits, toasty oak and green stalks. Excellent Cab/Merlot mix (58/42) with a nod to the old world. Drinking well now but will probably be a little better in 2 years (has opened up dramatically since first bottle 5 years ago).
Quite oaky at first, but with time, it shows great complexity on the aroma, and a rich, briary, complex wine emerges. Some vegetal/unripe notes here and there, on reading the back label (love ridge's back labels), it's clear that this was not a great season for them. In spite of that, the wine shows good concentration, lovely aromas, and at this age the tannins have resolved nicely. It's kinda light bodied and even slightly watery for a cab, and lacking some mid-palate presence after a while. The length is short-medium with acidity playing a small role.
With beef tenederloin and cognac sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, and Santa bread. Opened an hour prior to consuming, decanted 15 minutes before. Garnet, clear and dark, but no longer opaque, may hint at ruby in the light. Great nose - almost perfumed. Jane got a touch of prune, I got fruit and blueberry.
good weight and balance (acid/tannin/fruit); Dry, but the fruit came through almost with a sweetness. Smooth. Good length, more harmonious that power.
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(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Bricking dark red violet color; mocha, ripe plum, black fruit, black cherry, figgy pudding nose; rich, appealing, tart plum, ripe black currant, tart berry, cedar palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot)
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