Dinner With Paul Draper in NYC - older vintages of Ridge (Cafe Boulud): This has a beautiful, pure nose of black fruits, roasted nuts, minerlas and eucalyptus. POn the palate it is dry and leaner but still filled with good black fruit flavors and great mineral notes. A great wine for sure but perhaps a touch past its best given the dryness of the tannins.
Dinner at Eleven Madison Park: The show-stopper. Decanted at the restaurant. Dark red and so youthful in appearance, you’d never suspect the wine is over 35 years old. Great nose of aged cab cedariness with a decidely minty edge. Long and very savory with great sap and power, with a wonderful finish that ends just a bit tart.
With MPL, BLR, Diane, Amy and Marne at Madrona Manor at dinner. Rich red ruby all he way to the rim.. Blood red. Attractive. Lovely fragrance. Essence of cabernet. Soft, rich, lovely. A bit one dimensional. Good rich flavor, concentrated fruit. Very good, but not up to its incredible reputation. Has held up well, especially for a '71. From magnum. 5-11-16-8: 90/100.
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(Ridge .Monte Bello) was the grand finale, and any one lucky enough to have a 1970 .Monte Bello. or 1971 Ridge .Eisele Vineyard. know that Ridge is as good as any Cali Cab producer from this era. The 1971 had a firm, intense and deep nose and flirted with an oaky, woodsy, barky edge. There was an exotic touch of banana and some weirdness at first. The wine needed some time in the glass to overcome its weirdness and integrate into an alcoholic, spicy, long, fine and classic California Cabernet
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