I have this mental stigma for some reason that all Ridge wines need to age for 10+ years or so before they are popped no matter what they are. And they are all usually quite good at this age. Yet when I finally DO open these up younger (such as this), I wonder why I wait! This wine has a nose and front palate of sweet roasted figs, tobacco, a bit of a savory note even and a hint of mushroom and soy sauce. But this wine enters medium+ bodied and gains more weight as goes to the finish. Dried herb, black cherry and red licorice to the finish. Tannins seem rather soft yet I feel that quite a bit is present here. Drink or hold! — 6 hours ago
Nose has blackberry liquor, mellow toasty oak, blueberry mash and light, ripe black cherry.
Palate has over-ripe blackberry, fresh black cherry, charred oak sawdust, dark chocolate powder, light anise and blueberry-black currant juice.
Tannins are mostly non-existent, perfect spot. WS had this pegged at a 2013-2018 drinking window, would have liked to try this a year ago, but we generally don't touch Zinfandel with less than 6-8+ years of bottle age, need mellowing time. Anyone holding this bottle, could do so easily until 2020-21. What a focused, sexy wine... — 3 days ago
It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Chalk Hill.
Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, plums, cherries, licorice, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, smoke, vinaigrette, black pepper, tobacco leaf, earth and leather.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, herbs, light vegetables and earth.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great 16 year old Merlot from Sonoma County, California.
Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Love the tangy finish, which makes it interesting.
Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.
Wine Enthusiasts gave it 82 Points, but that was 12 years ago. Time did a great job here. This has aged beautifully.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, olives and cheeses.
15% alcohol by volume.
$55. — 7 days ago
Without a doubt, this was the best time to drink this wine. A very tropical nose, with hints of mango and melon and candied walnut. The entry did not seem to have as much citrus influence as the nose did. However, this wine has not lost very much despite the 2014 label might suggest. This was surprisingly crisp. More to the mango and honeydew side. I had mentioned a tart note at the last entry, which was all but gone this time around. LOTS of floaters in the bottle. Finished very strong, and actually wishing I had a few more of these, as I don't really see this one going anywhere for the next two or three years. Solid bottle. Outdid a Bevan labeled 2014 that it was enjoyed right beside which already has lost a step IMO. — 5 days ago
First bottle of this was slightly corked, so another was opened to confirm...and honestly, they both had the same aromatics and very similar notes on the palate, but I will say the cork of the first one smelled tainted. I’m assuming this is just a very lean style (which would be in line with the 13% ABV)...it was very mineral driven and not big on the nose or palate. Lemon curd, limestone, slate, wild flower and medium acidity. — 2 days ago