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Community Tasting Notes (28) Avg Score: 90.9 points

  • Outstanding!

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  • Excellent merlot. Huge dark fruits, especially black cherry, Jolly Rancher, mocha & pepper. Tannins still going strong. Wish we had a few more bottles as this can go easily a few more years. Nice.

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  • Great nose of dark fruits,earth, oak and tons of cinnamon spice. Medium-bodied and just a bit lighter-weight than prior bottles. Lovely dark cherry flavors with spice, oak and earth. Bordeaux-like lean texture with great balance, and a smooth and seamless mouthfeel. Great intensity and depth of flavors, and a long finish. Not quite as rich and textured as prior bottles, but adds weight and depth with airtime.

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  • No notes, but this was simply outstanding - very much like a prior bottle and perhaps even a bit better. Deep, layered, juicy, focused dark berry flavors along with some spice, earth and plenty of oak. As with prior bottles, this was structured more like a cabernet than a merlot and had plenty of "stuffing" to balance all the fruit. Medium to full body and concentrated with a rich, firm texture. I really, really like this wine. Great combination of richness and power that is only a small step below of the likes of Paloma, Pride, Plumpjack, etc.

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  • Nose like a Howell Mtn. cabernet - dark and brooding. Concentrated flavors of dark cherry, charcoal, oak and spice with a medium body, lean texture and firm structure . Built a bit more like a cab than a merlot, with darker fruits, more concentration and more structure than I expected. I had hoped this might be a good alternative to a big, expensive cabernet and this fit the bill perfectly.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Vineyards Merlot Estate Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
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    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

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