From a beautiful bottle with into neck fill and a pliable cork, soaked about halfway up, that came out in one piece with a satisfying "pop!" The color was remarkably youthful.
I wish I could tell you this bottle was otherwordly. I wish I could tell you how magical the bouquet was, how this was a classic example of golden-age Cal Cab with its cassis fruit and mint.
But I can't. Its strongly leathery on the nose, like when you got a new baseball glove as a kid and put your nose in the pocket and smelled as deep as you could. It has a vaguely herby flavor to it - not really minty, but a cousin, like rosemary or thyme. It smells of old books. There's a vague sense of vanilla. A prickle of alcohol on the finish, and tannins that are surprisingly rough and unresolved. The fruit is dark, dark stuff, the darkest, most overripe currents accented with anise.
Decanted for a hour -- needed it. No bricking, very dark ruby color.A bit of a jammy noise, but still interesting. Over time jam receded and reviewed dark fruits. Full and balanced in the mouth. Long smooth finish.
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(Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon York Creek) Group's #2 (my #1) – 82 pts; 5, 2, 3, 1 – sexy, intriguing tobacco and dried plum nose; juicy, tasty, mature plum and cherry Cab fruit with sweet, firm tannins; long finish (faded in the glass after 90 minutes; I gave this one the edge in our tasting based on the nose and long finish, but the Keenan easily bested it after 2 hours in the glass)