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Community Tasting Notes (66) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • Decanted for two hours. Youthful purple color. On the nose cassis, tobacco and balsamic notes. On the palate still youthful with good concentration and well balanced acidity. Certainly still plenty of tannins but with time these softened out nicely. A beautifully balanced wine with some upside potential. I will hold my two remaining bottles for 3 - 5 more years. 92+

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  • Mini 2005 Bordeaux blend tasting (My place, parramatta, sydney): From Coravin. Hello new world. Sweet, ripe blackcurrant fruit over cream and vanilla which, again, lay over notes of star anise and five spice with a touch of soy. More of the same on the palate with a balsamic note as well. Front of mouth tannic grip, medium plus length. Rather nice in a Yankee kind of way but a little garish in this line up.

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  • Popped and poured
    Super dark purple color
    Heavy weight. Blueberry cheese cake, raspberry tar and bit of nail polish on nose.
    Flavors blueberry, tiny bit of strawberry, chocolate. Very chewie and soft. high alcohol. Very forward wine. Not much in the complexity department.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/23/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 92 points

    (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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