Round and buttery entry, with notes of lemon curd, vanilla, cream and oak spice. While the oak is evident, it is in the background and the acids pick up nicely on the finish. Finishes clean, citric and crisp. Lots of persistence here.
CT Tasting Group (My House): Complex nose of apples, baking spice, vanilla and yellow fruit roll into a full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. Very layered and complex on the palate showing a warm richness upon delivery that is backed up by spice, chalk and yellow fruit. Very long finish that still shows a distinct butteriness. Very Good – Drink Now.
Absolutely seamless. Poured blind, this fit in perfectly with a lineup of white Burgundy, and was one of my favorite of the night. Lots of depth here, layers of citrus, riper orchard fruits, chalk, spice, and deft vanilla butter accents coming together, and conveyed on the palate with great elegance and finesse. Outstanding balance and length, just a fantastic wine and a reminder that I really should drink more Ridge.
Simply outstanding! And I am giving it a "low" score because it has more oak than I like, but even then, all aromas and palate are so balanced, elegant, and structured, I am sure some tasters will find it somehow less than thrilling because it does not scream BIG!
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