1 hour decant (little fine/cloudy sediment). A remarkable dark purplish magenta color. On the nose: tart cherry, creme de cassis, eucalyptus, orange rind, cinnamon. Taste: smooth, soft, rich, juicy wine with cherry/raspberry, leather, herbaceous, graphite, little spiced chocolate espresso and a nice medium plus finish. YUM! Bodes well for the 2015 Scarecrow wine, and I should pop one to check it out. — 7 days ago
A decade in … decadent, depth of flavor — 13 days ago
This was a random, lonely bottle in my cellar and it was a Napa Cab sort of night so figured it was as good a time as any to give this a whirl. Besides, a few of my friends had recently made some comments about how well the 2015’s were showing so it was only more incentive to open this.
We pulled the cork a couple of hours prior and consumed over a several hour period. No formal notes. The first impression is “holy smokes this is absolutely packed with sweet, ripe fruits”. It was shocking. The quality of the fruit is seriously high…a black and red fruit combo with some baking spices…but it’s so jammy and primary that I couldn’t pull much more from it. Tannins were medium. Acid was medium/medium-. The texture is silky smooth. Finish is long-ish due to the mouth-coating fruit. Ultimately however, I struggled to fully enjoy this due to wonderful fruit being let down by the lack of structure which left it coming across a bit flabby. That being said, this style is intentional and arguably very popular. Drink now. — a month ago
2017 Qunintessa cab at Mary’s house party — 21 days ago
Napa Merlot for Cabernet lovers. A dark, ruddy merlot color in the glass, as is appropriate. The nose is warm and inviting with a bit of baking spice and oak. Plums and blackberries galore! Cherries and black tea for days. Just a touch of leather and dusty earth.
I love Merlot. Oh so much. The Caberneted versions of Merlot don’t usually ring my bell but this is special and just plain yummy. Settled acidity with plenty of complexity and depth. It’s a big brawny wine but not ridiculously so. There’s restraint and class shown here. Dark chocolate and more spice on the palate to go with all of that dark fruit. A particularly interesting and excellent Napa Merlot. — a day ago
Hard to not drink young…ripe, complex, balanced. I admit to loving Zinfandel with food, and Ridge is right at the top. Blackberry, cherry, plum…noticeably tannic, but works like a charm with my renowned six-hour pasta fagiole and a healthy slug of quintarelli olive oil. Zin and pasta, zin and burgers, zin and ribs…just YUM! — 20 days ago
Aged well and softer more rounded. Dark dried fruits and plum notes with subtle sweetness and light tannins — 7 days ago