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2006 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
6/29/2021 - JamesSanders Likes this wine:
91 points
Second bottle of six bought on release and stored at 56 degrees. The first bottle was undrinkably oaky. I'm inclined to think the wine may have been going through a dumb phase in 2010, as the fruit is now front and center. This was pop and pour. There's still plenty of oak, especially on the finish, which ends a little harshly. But there is ample primary, dark fruits and very lively acidity that is starting to balance it out. Best guess is that the oak flavors will continue to integrate into the background, while still providing the lifted texture that I have liked in earlier bottles of Ridge MB.
  • JamesSanders commented:

    6/30/21, 5:54 PM - No decant on this. I do agree that wines that see heavy American oak tend to benefit from long decants. But circumstances did not allow.

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