The 2011 vintage was less challenging in Santa Cruz than it was in Napa. This is a nice wine from a lean producer and opens up to pure cassis, like a blackcurrant pastille, a little vanilla that hasn’t quite integrated, and a nice overall mouthfeel that expands with a few hours of decanting. This was noticeably reduced on opening and that blew off over two hours. This reminds me of Corison. Also reminds me of an 88 Pichon Baron - what a good producer can do in a not-so-ripe year - good but definitely not epic.
Hanging out in Vero Beach with the in-laws and picked this bottle up locally for $60. — a month ago
Yet another head-spinning production from Windy Oaks. I love it when a Pinot Noir can make me want nothing more than to smell it for an hour without sipping. Leather and limestone consume the bouquet, and it's all balanced out with black cherry, mushrooms, and loamy structure. Beautifully complex, a pleasure to drink. — 2 months ago
Yum! Dark red fruits with a taste of tobacco. Rich and tasty! — 6 months ago
11 barrels produced. First ever 100% PV bottling by Ridge. Just incredible. I’ve had several bottles of this, and it pains me this was the last. An INCREDIBLE wine. — a month ago
This did not age well for me. A 2016 opened in 2019. Insanely sour. Definitely ginger but it became a little much on both fronts for me. I’d be interested to try again at the brewery if when they have vintage pours. — 5 months ago
Batch 2 not what batch 1 was. Damn, that first time I had this beer was the most fascinating and complex beer from Sfbeerweek. Finding out I don't have to wait until beerweek stoked me out but this one wasn't as stellar. Still cool to marry the idea of ale and Islay Scotch!!! — 7 months ago
Perhaps 2015 was a challenging vintage for this stalwart producer. Perhaps the MLF fermentation didn’t go deep enough. Perhaps a few more months on oak could’ve been deserved. Perhaps this particular effort was over-extracted. None of these are really for me to say. All I can observe is that this wine was both tannic and acidic, offering hints of brilliance behind the aforementioned acid. I’ll lay down the other 2015 I have and check back in a couple years. I’m usually so totally impressed by Fogarty that anything less than perfection is a bit surprising￼￼. However I still think this wine will eventually show up...it will just require more time in true Burgundian fashion.
Pair with fatty brisket or soft cheese to offset some of the acidity. I would also suggest decanting for an hour prior to enjoying.
I look forward to a rematch with this vintage in due time! — a month 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 — 5 months ago
Love Cab Franc. So this wine is a no brainer for me. — 6 months ago