At seventeen years, this showed no diminution from age and may be at the apex of its drinking window, not likely to improve any with further aging, but no need to rush to consume remaining bottle (s).
Dark purple garnet colored, medium to full bodied, initially a bit obtuse and acidic, but softened and opened after decanting and sitting for an hour, full, moderately expressive black berry fruits, complex, nicely polished, accented by subtle tones of pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, violets, and hints of bell pepper and anise with moderate smooth silky tannins on the finish. It would be overstated to characterize it as 'earthy' but there is a layer of complexity that reflects the storied terroir and reveals the care of 47% selection and the rigorous thinning that results in extremely selective, low yields.
Nice intermingling of cassis, anise, raisins, and cedar along with hints of prune and cigar tobacco in the background, in a way that only an aged cab can blend all of these together on the nose.
The palate shows all of the above along with hints of cola, spicy sarsaparilla, black pepper and bell pepper. Ridiculous development on the nose and palate, I found myself jotting down new notes after every sip I took as something else new would capture my senses. Enough acidity left and oak treatment to give it good structure and impressive length at this point, but the best thing about this wine is the elegant and ethereal way in which all components have integrated in the 17 years since it was vinified. The transition across the palate was seamless and left no taste bud alone on its travels. Truly a wondrous experience!
My wine of the night, A+ effort from Ridge. Ended up buying a bottle from the somm for a flat $100 out the door.
Lovely complex mix of cassis, which is the most detectable aroma, sweet blueberries, licorice, earth and just a hint of vanilla. Great balance with ripe silky tannins, uplifting acidity and plummy fruit, some tobacco to finish. Elegant and lingering taste and just one of the best wines I've had this year. Positive surprise! From Half bottle and for full bottles it would probably be rewarding to have more patience but this half one drinks perfectly now
Californian Cabernet at its absolute best in my view. 12% alc. Decanted at the table and left to breathe for an hour or so. Funky nose, perhaps a bit rustic but also plenty of dark-toned fruit and even flowers. Earthy palate, dark-toned fruit and tobacco leaves, great structure and freshness. The tannins are marked, yet to be fully resolved which becomes more evident with air. With Cote du Boeuf at 10 Cases with Jesper R.
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