Oak Ridge Winery

Ridge Vineyards

Guadagni Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019

Popped too young, but I just wanted to open it, dammit. Classic fairly old-school Zin nose, with brambly blackberry, a bit of American oak, and stony gravel. Fairly tight in the mouth. I love the focused fruit, which is not jammy in the least. It’s very dry (which is almost jarring these days of jammy Zins with residual sugar), and it’s got some youthfully drying tannins. Needs, and will be better in, at least 2-3 years, but enjoyable now. — 11 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

My 2016 Rivers Marie Pinots are about gone…SummaOV is left. Occidental, Silver Eagle and SummaOV are always my favorites. I’m between a 93-94 here.

Great example of a Pinot that has a lot of power but plenty of balance. Deep black cherry colored in the glass but the aromatics are much more savory than expected. There’s an animalistic/feral quality to this initially (that I love) showing a smoked meat flair alongside dark blood orange and ripe black cherries. Commanding mouthfeel and great acidity. Continual back and forth of dark berry fruit and savory/herbal notes. The use of whole cluster is noticeable but it does a good job complimenting the wine (more high toned) and not taking center stage (as in, not overly stemmy/green). Wonderful lengthy finish. More brooding and savory than Silver Eagle but certainly not in the vein of a “cab lovers pinot” style. This was delicious and likely hangs in this window for at least 5+yrs.
— 9 days ago

Paul, Deborah and 29 others liked this

Purple Hands

Lone Oak Ranch Pinot Noir 2020

Pinot Noir blend of fruit from eight different Willamette vineyards. Beautiful organic-based nose of mushroom, tobacco, lavender and freshly turned wet soil. Just a bit of dark cherry. The pallet is light with black cherry, cranberry and black raspberry fruit with some notes of cola and spice. Light color and body. Elegant. Excellent QPR for a Willamette Pinot. Thank you for sharing, Kase! — 11 days ago

Brent, Paul and 1 other liked this

McNab Ridge

Family Reserve Largo Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Nice Mendicino Cab. Dark ruby color. Intense nose of black cherry and vanilla cream. The very busy pallet includes dark cherries and currants with hints of cocoa, tobacco, baking spices and that ever present vanilla. Soft but rich at the same time. The finish just goes on and on. Aged 26 months in French Oak. Also a great value! Appreciate you sharing this one, Kase! — 11 days ago

Brent, Paul and 2 others liked this

Baxter

Valenti Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Phil Baxter is the man. Always pure, clean, transparent winemaking. I prefer the Oppenlander vineyard but this is delicious. 6-7 years seems a sweet spot for these AV PNs. — 4 days ago

Dylan, Tom and 3 others liked this

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2009

Color is still a deep ruby/garnet with a nose of plums, black tea, black pepper, and hints of dark chocolate. Amazingly smooth, this Petite Sirah has developed nicely over 13 years. Fruit is still there, but florals are popping out and the texture is wonderful. Full-bodied, bold, powerful wine given to me by a friend. Paired with prime NY strip and ribeye = perfection. — 10 days ago

Eric, Shay and 2 others liked this

Chehalem

RR Ridgecrest Pinot Noir

Black cherry, raspberry preserves, currant, mossy earth, vanilla and oak. Medium-bodied and velvety tannins. — 9 days ago

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Sandar & Hem

Mindego Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay

Santa Cruz mountains are becoming a Chardonnay new point of interest for me. Lower ABV and less oak leaves this once a bit supple after at least an hour after opening. Balanced, not over-anything. Lots of greater potential for this AVA. — 24 days ago

Aaron, Tom and 13 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Balanced, long acid, vanilla, blueberries, oak. Still a baby — 9 days ago

Matthiasson

Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wow. Mathiasson Cabs keep getting better and better. Medium body, dark fruit, some violets. A cab with real finesse. — 16 days ago

Ericsson, Juan and 5 others liked this
Ericsson

Ericsson

Sounds like you had a great time tasting Mathiasson, I’m jealous 😏