Bottle at room temperature for a day and open for an hour or two. Not decanted. Unimpressive nose with some cherry in it, but big flavor with more fruit and leather and tobacco. Decent finish. Relatively low alcohol paired with the big flavor makes this interesting. This bottle seems very different from the one I opened a year ago.
Cork was bad, wine was undrinkable. Too bad this was a great wine when I first purchased this after a visit to Ridge. Serves me right for storing in the wrong conditions. Most likely cooked during the move from CA to AZ and not storing in the right conditions.
A straightforward good Cabernet. Very dark, almost black. Pretty soft on nose and palate by now (July 2009), losing some fruit and most tannins, but still good. Not much complexity left, but a good wine with for example yellow cheese.
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