Began with some tired, oxidative tones but freshens up to show cola, dried currant, cedar, over a fleshy and silky palate. After 6 hours there's ample sweet fruit, some smoky gravelly tobacco notes, attractive green streak, pleasant acidity, I wish we hadn't drunk this up so quickly. Mmm mmm old school Cali.
Surprising bottle that more resembled a Bordeaux more than a Cal Cab. Decanted with slight sediment and showed dark fruit nose with no trace of leather/weedy aspects some reviewers mentioned. Over the next hour in the glass it continued to open and develop. Medium full body, lots of fruit in nose and any oak properly integrated with the fruit in a harmonious manner that was a delight to return to every few minutes. In the mouth it was round, firm, balanced with largely resolved tannins and a long lovely finish. At about an hour and a half it started to thin out and show its age. But I had expected it to be like this when first opened, what a joy! Could possibly hold up another decade in a good cellar just on its balance. This bottle was a gift from a friend about 30 years ago.
I'm a big fan of Ridge wines and I really like the detailed labels, even if I find the drinking windows a little conservative. In this case, Paul Draper was really conservative ! In April 1980, he wrote "The result is an elegant wine that should show well within a year or two, but gain in complexity with three years of bottle age". After more than thirty years, it's still an elegant wine with considerable complexity !
Dark red in color with no browning on the edges. Reticent nose of earth and tobacco. Very smooth on the palate, with tannins fully resolved and red fruits still evident but fading. Lengthy finish.
Given the label notes, I thought we'd be opening the back up bottle immediately. We eventually did, but only after we finished and thoroughly enjoyed this wine.
I was already stunned by the first contact with this wine. It still was deep red like a young wine. The nose showed leather, barn and malt notes. Once it hits the tongue the wine is very smooth, has a long finish and is surprisingly complex. Ripe berries and coffee are the present aromas. I like it and was very surprised about the ageability of this single vineyard Ridge CS. Drink now.
Even though the cork was defective and pushed through, the wine was remarkably good after about thirty minutes. Full of flavor and very smooth. The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Fast. It smells like Forest floor, and Cherry. It tastes like Forest floor, and Cherry. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
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(Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon York Creek) Group's #2 (my #7) – 63 pts; 2 1st place votes, 4 2nd place votes, 3 thirds, 0 last place votes – Medium red color with pale meniscus; herbaceous, tobacco nose, a little weedy; herbal, minty red fruit palate with tart acidity; medium-plus finish (95% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Merlot)
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