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2008 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com   details
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$41.00
Alcohol %: 13.5
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: July 25, 2012 , john Foy
4 stars "Color: deep; Nose: complex; Acidity: supple; Finish: persistent; "
rated: June 16, 2011 , Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com
"In 1886, the Monte Bello vineyard was first planted and construction on the winery begun. The first vintage was in 1892. In the early 1940s, the last of the old vineyard was abandoned; in the late forties a few blocks were replanted. Those cabernet vines - now sixty years old - produced the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and subsequent vintages until the mid-seventies. By then, abandoned blocks replanted during the sixties were maturing, and their fruit considered for use in the Monte Bello. A number of those consistently produced a more accessible wine that developed its full complexity earlier and these were combined as the "Santa Cruz Mountains". With the 2008 vintage the name of this stylistically distinct wine became Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, stressing the varietal and the vineyard as its source."
rated: September 14, 2011 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is compelling. Where to start? An expressive bouquet redolent of sweet herbs, tobacco and incense leads to a gorgeous tapestry of dark red fruit. The Estate is drop-dead gorgeous, with the silkiest of tannins that frame an extraordinary finish. This has to be one of the most compelling values in California Cabernet. In 2008 the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc..." (08/11) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Vivid ruby. Oak-spicy aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry and cola, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Fleshy and smooth in the mouth, offering juicy dark berry flavors and mounting vanilla and mocha notes. Finishes with good smoky persistence and resonating cherry and vanilla notes. Gentle tannins make for accessibility but also suggest that this will repay at least five years of patience. This wine, made from the lots that are more accessible and elegantly structured than those destined for Ridge's flagship Monte Bello bottling..." 90 points and a Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast: "A lovely Cabernet, dry and rich in flavor, showing lots of class. It's certainly ripe, with blackberry and cherry flavors that veer into currants. There's also a minerally tang. The wine is immature now, with hard tannins. Think of it as a junior version of Ridge's Montebello bottling, not as long lived, but still deserving of 6-8 years in a cool cellar." " Best 2012-2020
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