Tilled, brown, earth-colored body with Irish cream colored crown. Hazy, slick lacing that runs fast. Malty, chocolate nose, with vanilla and cocoa beans, figs, cardamom, old mint, cherrywood and teak, brown fall leaves, and sweet cigar smoke. Rich, but not hot for 12.5 abv. The sheer hoppiness of the beast combined with the tartness of the cherry, is mysteriously keeping everything afloat. Dried cherry, cola, pepper, dark tobacco, thyme, oregano, vanilla mocha, dark chocolate covered candied grapefruit peel, Sixlets, French onion soup, hyper-carmelized. Staggering complexity here, and I’ve barely scratched the barrel. — 22 days ago
Bottled on 17 Feb 2017.
Nose has yeasty stone fruits, Bing cherry, plum, fruit juice saturated oak, yellow raisin and fresh lemon+lime peel.
Palate has medium sourness, black cherry, ripe plum, ripe nectarine, red wine vinegar, medium funk, minimal oak influence.
Very nice stuff here.
9.0% ABV — 5 months ago
Aged 2 years. Complex and totally came together — 7 months ago
Sweet grapefruit citrus, yellow tomato, tangerine, overripe lemon, lime zest, jackfruit and orange blossom aromas. Double doses pull down the cloud curtain on this cider colored, golden creature. Mimosa-greyhound combo leaning heavier on the ruby-grapefruit. Lemon cake with a light glaze, lime pith, lemon zest, and round with its muscles flexed to a lemon pudding. Nice sage and thyme on the finish. With just a fresh snap pea bitterness to keep it honest. — a month ago
A collection of grape haymakers in a bottle. Great big fruit that comes from varietals known for body and presence (Cab, Merlot, petite sirah) almost overpower the stolid, subtle tannins in this Tank offering. A little spice hangs around for the looooong finish. I'd file this one "crazy casual". — 7 months ago
On any other night, this Lewelling would have been more impressive but, it followed the 03 DR Stephens Moose Valley Vineyard PNV and that’s just not a fair race.
If you tasted this blind with other Left Bank Pauillac wines, many would have called it Pauillac.
The nose has dark creme de cassis. It’s big and brooding. Dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, stewed strawberries and heavily extracted blueberries. Kirsch cherries, dark forest floor with leaves, turned black earth, limestone, river stone, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light clove, mocha powder, black tea, anise, crushed dry rocks, underbrush, leather, port notes, herbaceous notes, light mint with fresh bright red and dark withering flowers.
The palate full, brooding and heavy. Years of life ahead. The tannins structure still big but, rounded. The tension still a little monster. The length and balance are developing but, need another 5-8 years plus easily. Dark creme de cassis. It’s big and brooding. Dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, stewed strawberries, plum skin and heavily extracted blueberries. Kirsch cherries, dark forest floor with leaves, dry clay, turned black earth, limestone, river stone, dark chocolate bar, caramel, vanilla, light clove, mocha powder, dark spice with heat, black tea, anise, lead pencil, crushed dry rocks, underbrush, leather, port notes, herbaceous notes, black pepper notes, light mint with fresh bright red and dark withering flowers and bright violets. The acidity is round. The finish is heavy, rich, elegant, well balanced fruit and earth and lasts several minutes.
Photos of; the Lewelling Estate vines, old gnarly vines somewhere around 40 years plus, their own boulevard and old school Victorian. — 8 months ago
I believe Ridge is the greatest winery in America. My long-form case is at leduwines.com/blogs/connor/ridge 🇺🇸🍷
Full disclosure: they’re my home team! I’ve been hiking on Monte Bello ridge since I was a child, and took every opportunity I could do drive Skyline Boulevard while living in the Bay. It’s no wonder to me that these vines are so happy.
With the retirement of the great Paul Draper in 2016, three men - Eric Baugher, John Olney, and David Gates - have taken up stewardship of the legendary estate. All three have been with Ridge at least twenty years.
There is no doubt: the principles instilled by David Bennion and perfected by Paul Draper are alive and well. If anything, Ridge is entering yet another golden era, and will continue leading American wine toward its most authentic self.
Signature: Eric Baugher — 2 months ago
Ending a fun day at Oracle Park in SF to see the GIANTS play the CUBS; won the series! Enjoying great food and wine at the Boulevard restaurant. Medium to dark red with a brown hue rim. Has funky wet earth barnyard and blueberry nose. A strawberry cherry fruit initial taste with a smoke and spice finish. Tannins are medium but relatively smooth. An hour after the first pour, the wine really opened up. Tannins are more smooth and there is nice black licorice finish with a hint of vanilla. — 3 months ago