consistent with notes of 2/27/2014 - I'm still not sure I am reviewing the correct wine, Ridge has changed the naming so often. The label reads, "Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet 1995"and is a blend of 75% Cab, 11% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot.
Light garnet color. Strong musty blackberries, black pepper, and spice on the nose initially that fades in intensity after a couple of hours in the decanter. Red fruits dominate with both strawberries and raspberries in evidence. The finish is dominated by both and lasts well over a minute. The mouth-feel is a bit thin. This wine evolved in a very interesting manner over the course of its 2-hour decanting. At one point it reminded me a great deal of a 1998 Chateau de la Gardine, a Chateauneuf du Pape that I like very much, but this stage only lasted a half-hour or so. The tannins started to take hold towards the end.
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