Tasted at Ridge Vineyards. This was quite smooth and lighter than a Montebello. More cabernet than the old Santa Cruz Mtns bottlings. Very impressive especially for the price. These age well and it pays off if you can wait.
Pop and pour at home. Nose shows considerable wood. Coconut oil, robust black fruit. Who's substantial oak at the get go, baking spice, menthol, pepper. Sweet purple-ness. Palate is loaded, the bigger, more extracted, more oaked side of Ridge Estate Cab. Give this some time, drink again in 2018.
Finishing up the remnants of a bottle TLV opened the prior evening. Aromas of black cherry, black currant jam, boysenberry and Asian spices with a subtle incense note in the background. Flavors of blackberry and plum with a lengthy finish. Terrific stuff. 91-93 pts.
Pop and pour at home to pair with some grilled prime NY Strips. Very dark in color. Black fruits with some leather or game on the nose. Similar palate with surprisingly fine tannins. This was open for business within 30 minutes, but was tasted again on night two after being opened and it was still singing. Excellent balance and finish.
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(Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate) Saturated very dark ruby color; appealing, cassis, cherry, raspberry puree nose; rich, creamy textured, cassis, cherry, raspberry puree, light cedar palate with sweet, fine tannins; good nose and should go 15 years; medium-plus finish (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot) 92+ points