Has a garnet colour. On the nose a hint of leather & game, graphite, cedar, spice, plum and cassis. The nose has a good intensity. On the palate there is a good structure with soft tannins balanced with good acidity. A good length and concentration.
Dark chocolatey Merlot stands up strongly right now. Tannins seem medium strong and focused down the center of the palate. Still on the rich side with depth. Just starting to show some mature notes but if anything needs more time for complexity. Wanted for some more acidity at this point with that fruit still being rich and a bit on the ripe side but that will less of a bother as it leans out. Lot's of chunky sediment so this may not have been filtered fully. Overall this shows a nice classic character. Not a bunch of new oak sticking out. Not soft, ripe fruit. Just very nice Bordeaux fruit in a classic package. I would personally wait another 5 years honestly but drinks well now with a stiff decant. Still one of the best bargains from California.
With beef tenderloin, pancetta/leak mashed potatoes. Opened 45 minutes early, then decanted. The bottle had thrown fine sediment, heavier on the side. Medium crimson, no longer opaque and just lightening at the rim. Classic cab blend nose, very nice bouquet. Dry, medium body, blueberry/blackberry, tannins integrated. Medium length.
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(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Bricking dark ruby color with floating sediment; mature, ripe plum, black currant nose; poised, maturing, black currant, cassis, tart plum palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc)
(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Very dark red violet color; rich, berry, black fruit, cedar, ripe plum nose; tasty, ripe plum, tart plum, ripe black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc)
(Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon) Perhaps the most under-appreciated of all California's assets? Creamy cherry and plum fruit on the nose here, showing plenty of indicators of youth, especially the spicy oak that it possesses. A middleweight, with red plums and more domineering oak on the palate, this has a firm but well hidden tannic structure, good acidity and overall a nice sense of balance. Not over the top at all, and clearly nicely set up for many years in the cellar. I find the long, spicy finish particularly attractive.
(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Big cassis and tart red fruit nose; tasty, sweet cassis palate with sweet tannins, needs several years; medium finish (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc)
(Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate) Dark cherry red color; sweet cassis and mint nose; tasty, tight, cherry fruit with big, sweet tannins; medium finish (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc)
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