Mocha, oak, berry fruit, coffee, lots of torrefaction, actually, lots of everything but still sleek and polished in the Ridge style. Probably very attractive if this is your thing, but this was blown away by the '89 Monte Bello next to it.
Very disappointing. Thought this would be holding up well, considering how good the Monte Bello and Estate are. Instead, this lacked structure and vibrancy and just seemed tired. Performed more like I'd expect from a Coast Range at this age (ie. not bad, but rather boring). Should've put the '01 Napa Cabs poured alongside to shame, instead it fell flat.
Decanted. Initial taste was a bit off (maybe a tiny bit corked?) - so rating refelcts this uncertainty. The "funk" blew off after an hour or so.. then a nice deep purple fruit nose came through. Still - rather one-dimensional flaovr. Little tannins left... so may be past its prime.
Drank with strip steaks. Drinking wonderfully right now. Fully integrated tannins with dark fruit flavors. Some chocolate overtones on the finish which goes on for a while. I thought this might be over the hill, but it was anything but. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the bottle.
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