A Ledbury lunch: Quite a savoury nose. Blackcurrant with a menthol mineral edge. Rich fruit on the attack. A touch of Madeira cake (in a balanced way). Nicely balanced. Again, a touch of heat but it wears it well. Again, needs time. ***(*)
Great nose of smoke, pipe tobacco and black currants. Sweet black currants on the palate, with a leather edge, soft integrated tannins that turn slightly bitter on the finish. A little hollow on the mid-palate, but quintessential Ridge Montebello flavor profile in a more accessible but less complex wine. Some what short but delicious finish. Still great for the price and very easy to drink. Nice QPR compared to Napa cabs.
First bottle from case. Deep ruby red with no sign of age. Bordeaux like nose but not so on the palate - seems richer, fruitier? Maybe the difference is the american oak? Nice vanilla notes and good weight of fruit with good balancing acidity. Lacking the subtlety and complexity of similarly priced Bordeaux, but it does offer something different and I enjoyed it. 13.5% abv on the bottle but it felt like there was a bit more in there. Still lots of life in this - no rush to drink and I will be interesting in seeing how and if it evolves.
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