Very expressive nose, with cinnamon and other spices. This was a P'n'P, so on the palate at first lots of acidity and fruit that was, frankly, over the hill. With some time, the wine became a bit more balanced for my palate, but most thought this was not worth spending too much time with. At Chapter One.
Pleasant surprise given it's age. Brick red color. Nose of dark current, plum, cedar and a bit of spice. A bit thin on the palate but still with lingering fruit along with typically complexities of an aged wine. Lingering though slightly short finish.
Spinning capsule, fill into the bottom of the neck, but the cork crumbled. Great color, only mild bricking at rim.
Lovely claret. Not as easily identifiable as Ridge as some other Ridge wines from the 80's. Rather, its more akin to a textbook claret- medium-bodied, tannin resolved, with currant and a hint of cherry, cedar, herbs, and some high-toned floral notes. Resolved, but still quite alive, even youthful in terms of it's fruit- was even very delicious on night two, even though the bottle was left open without any attempts at preservation on the kitchen counter. A core sweetness IDs this as Californian, but it would still be one heck of a ringer.
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(Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon York Creek) Group's #4 (my #8) – 74 pts; 1, 4, 2, 3 - bricking medium red violet color with pale meniscus; mature, earthy, cassis, cedar, herbal nose that changes over 20 minutes or so to VA, raspberry fruit roll-up, hibiscus nose; tight, tart cassis, raspberry palate with medium acidity, starting to fade; medium finish 87+ pts.