Oak Ridge Winery

Beta Wine

Vare Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

My first experience with the 2015 “Vare Vineyard” and the first of my three allocated bottles. Ketan mentioned this was his best “Vare” bottling to-date and while I can’t speak to that (since all of my previous experiences with Beta have been the Montecillo Vineyard in Sonoma), I can verify that it has Ketan’s signature all over it. I did not decant this bottle though, it probably would have benefited from it. Never the less, the bouquet was bursting with character: predominately black fruits, anise, eucalyptus, coniferous forest floor, Anaheim pepper…the overwhelming message of freshness and one of the most unique noses I’ve ever encountered from a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, things were a little more subdued with black currants, tart black cherry and black bramble fruit with a little hint of baking spices. It seemed a touch green, to be completely honest. Bone dry and endowed with substantial structure; medium+ tannin, medium+ acid, all the while framed by a medium- body; a welter weight of a wine.

This seems right in-line with what I have come to expect from Ketan Mody’s approach and, while I don’t expect anyone to peg this as Bordeaux in a blind tasting, it certainly has some Old World sensibilities and reminds me of the way Cabernet Sauvignon was made in California 40+ years ago. And, after drinking a few 40 year old Napa Cabernet’s this past week plus the aforementioned balance of fruit/structure, I believe this has a long life ahead of it with a rather exciting upside. Drink with patience or cellar. FWIW, I don’t have any immediate plans to open my second bottle before 2025.
— 7 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend 2018

Still so bright with so little bottle age, but the Cab in the blend lends depth and a nice background waft of cassis. Will doubtless be better in several years. — a day ago

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Hirsch Vineyards

West Ridge Pinot Noir 2017

Spicy, fruity, beautiful purple color, nutmeg, delicious. — 6 days ago

Eddie, Sharon and 28 others liked this
Tom Casagrande

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Gotta go to Tony’s Barber Shop and get some. Can’t find it anywhere else.

RR (Ribbon Ridge) Winery

Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Cherry, raspberry, currant, vanilla, mossy earth and oak. Medium-bodied and soft tannins. — a day ago

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Beaux Frères

The Upper Terrace Pinot Noir 2002

Earthy nose. Great color. Medium body, dry, soft, balanced. Of three vintage Pinots at Saturday dinner, this was my favorite. — 2 days ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
with Michael and Joe
Josh, Tom and 4 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc 2019

80% Grenache Blancc 20% Picpoul

Really enjoying the new additions of Grenache Blanc in the Ridge portfolio.

Love to see a varietal Picpoul added too.

— 5 days ago

Josh, Stanley and 6 others liked this
Jeremy Krantz

Jeremy Krantz

Love Ridge. Great stuff, cheers!

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello California Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1977

This looks immaculate and has a really high fill. On the front there’s loads of iron, a salinity, a liverish quality, a pure dark plum and black cherry. This is very lovely still and quite primary. Delicious. — 10 days ago

Bex GreenDavid Schachter
with Bex and David
Bex, Jan and 20 others liked this

Beaux Frères

The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir 1996

Got lucky to taste this at Beaux Frères Saturday. Local collector brought this magnum in day before along with other vintages. Lovely, well aged, soft, expressive. — 2 days ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
with Michael and Joe
Tom, Josh and 5 others liked this

Red Car

Mohrhardt Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Very dark garnet in the glass- aroma of@a lighter Cab. More of a mix between a Cab & a Pinot but really good. Nice dark red & black fruits, some spiciness, earth & oak. Good tannins and balanced acidity. Can be paired with a lot of foods but not your normal Cab. — 15 days ago

Peggy Cohen
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Ridge Vineyards

Lytton Estate Dry Creek Valley Syrah Grenache 2018

Fantastic, fruity, decant two hours or hold for a bit. Personally didn’t decant, and wine was still holding its own on day 3. — a day ago

Rob, Eric and 4 others liked this