Monster. This is one of the single blocks that make up the Monte Bello bottling. 12.5% alcohol. Cool vintage, it’s perfect for this beast, Blackberry juice, structure, wish we would have waited. Has another 20 years, incredible acid, shows some classic Ridge wood characteristics. Decant it a day before you’re going to drink it, pair with a bone-in Rib-eye, duck fat fries, bitter greens. Fatty, fatty, fatty. — a day ago
An iconic red blend from Santa Cruz. Very elegant nose with great aromas of currants, cassis and cedar. Lots of fruit on the palate with big flavors of nectarines, red currants, plums with a little bit of earthiness that enhances the overall taste. The tannins are very nicely integrated but do show up in the finish. I really like this wine. I’ve been sitting on this bottle for a number of years after buying it at the winery. — 16 days ago
This wine enlightened me on why fine Pinot Noir is precious :) I mainly tasted Cabernets up till now, and Pinot Noir was always just like a lighter-bodied cabernet before today. This wine is aromatic, light-bodied yet with some complexity, very amazed and finally understand the gist of good Pinot Noir (note: am a beginner with wine ;) ). Heard that the 2014 vintage was served in Prince Harry’s wedding — can’t wait to try! — 3 hours ago
Adding chill now, notes forthcoming...
I'm not a CA Chardonnay guy, but this one has been very Burgundian in style previously.
Nose you had me at flinty mineral and grape seed.
Palate is a little too creamy oak, needs air.
Aired out palate has warm pear/pineapple and a mineral component I cannot quite pin yet, oak is still in the way.
48hr Update: Flinty/Oak bat to the palate, check ☑, has not mellowed at all tonight. — 17 days ago
I’m very lucky tonight- a special someone found me this bottle after hearing me wax poetic about the 1999 Kathryn Kennedy estate Cabernet, a true epiphany wine. This is 100% Santa Cruz mountains, but the secondary bottling sourced from small-scale growers in some of the warmer microclimates. It would be unfair to draw comparisons, so I won’t. This is simply a lovely and elegant wine that looks gorgeous after 17 years in the bottle. Bright ruby with no signs of browning. Beautifully resolved and silky on the palate with plenty of acidity. Red berries, menthol, licorice, tobacco, roses and a hint of vanilla. Very genteel and sporting a certain New World polish but retaining a bit of that gravelly, underbrush soil quality. For a second bottling this shows superb finesse, longevity, range and complexity. Wine is a gift- share your love with others. — 8 days ago