Ridge Vineyards

Buchignani Ranch Carignane

9.0244 ratings
9.059 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Carignane
Top Notes For
Boxer Briefs

This wine is awesome. Dense. The fruit is so deep, dark and layered. north of the Lytton estate, on the western edge of the Alexander Valley in Geyserville. All of this Carignane was planted between 1920-1950’s. Really good wine that has a long life in front of it.

This wine is awesome. Dense. The fruit is so deep, dark and layered. north of the Lytton estate, on the western edge of the Alexander Valley in Geyserville. All of this Carignane was planted between 1920-1950’s. Really good wine that has a long life in front of it.

Oct 23rd, 2019
Ian Staub

Aromas are lush and round: ripe blue and black berry fruit, warming spice, and a dollop of vanilla from the oak. Nice acidity and relatively lean body (which I like), but unfortunately the mid-palate is hollow and the finish very short. A bit underwhelming as I was expecting more concentration and length from these 60-80 year old vines.

Aromas are lush and round: ripe blue and black berry fruit, warming spice, and a dollop of vanilla from the oak. Nice acidity and relatively lean body (which I like), but unfortunately the mid-palate is hollow and the finish very short. A bit underwhelming as I was expecting more concentration and length from these 60-80 year old vines.

Apr 30th, 2018
Jonathan Wall

Very nice. Medium bodied. Goes down too easy. After 4 hours open some added complexity showed up.

Very nice. Medium bodied. Goes down too easy. After 4 hours open some added complexity showed up.

Apr 28th, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Very elegant, almost demure expression of Carignan. Tightly wound and aromatically closed right now, but I really love the subtle attack and medium weight. Moves around the palate with great energy and nerve. Hints of vanilla and sweet cream coming through on the nose. Cherry pit and mineral edge showing up after some air. Elegant wine with loads of potential, but drinking a bit backwards today. I’m glad I have two more bottles for the cellar.

Very elegant, almost demure expression of Carignan. Tightly wound and aromatically closed right now, but I really love the subtle attack and medium weight. Moves around the palate with great energy and nerve. Hints of vanilla and sweet cream coming through on the nose. Cherry pit and mineral edge showing up after some air. Elegant wine with loads of potential, but drinking a bit backwards today. I’m glad I have two more bottles for the cellar.

Apr 28th, 2018
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

8.8

Somewhat bretty, which is rare for Ridge in my experience. Everyone guessed old Bordeaux. Not bad, just a bit atypical.

Somewhat bretty, which is rare for Ridge in my experience. Everyone guessed old Bordeaux. Not bad, just a bit atypical.

Apr 9th, 2018
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

8.9

Such an interesting wine. Big vanilla and sweet cream on the nose. On the palate, quite green and almost vegetal. Such vibrant and fresh acidity. Light bodied, cherry and raspberry, burnt caramel. Very subtle wine...almost like an aged red Burgundy. It's not my favorite wine style, but I can't say it's not interesting. I have a second bottle...see you in a few years.

Such an interesting wine. Big vanilla and sweet cream on the nose. On the palate, quite green and almost vegetal. Such vibrant and fresh acidity. Light bodied, cherry and raspberry, burnt caramel. Very subtle wine...almost like an aged red Burgundy. It's not my favorite wine style, but I can't say it's not interesting. I have a second bottle...see you in a few years.

Oct 19th, 2017
Jon Bonné

Wine Editor San Francisco Chronicle

8.3

Checking in at age 6. Sucker's still too young.

Checking in at age 6. Sucker's still too young.

2 people found it helpfulAug 2nd, 2014
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.0

This is a cool wine and a very unique offering from Ridge. Lighter style, almost like cru Beaujolais. Dried red fruit, bouncy acidity. Some peppery, slightly chalky tannins and mild new oak influence. Fantastic structure and perfect for lighter fare.

This is a cool wine and a very unique offering from Ridge. Lighter style, almost like cru Beaujolais. Dried red fruit, bouncy acidity. Some peppery, slightly chalky tannins and mild new oak influence. Fantastic structure and perfect for lighter fare.

1 person found it helpfulSep 7th, 2018
Boxer Briefs

Is there such a thing as: fresh cut grass scented black cherry caramel popcorn? Mouth-watering fresh acid. The color is incredible. Far western edge of Alexander Valley, 13 acres of Carignane planted between 1927 and 1950. pure black cherry, fresh cut grass that reminds me only of Zinfandel. Caramel that I typically associate with Petit and Alicante but not after tasting this in barrel. Beautifully simple but not a Basic Bitch. I would Blind it as a field blend or Zin. Good stuff, put it in a decanter, curious to see what 72 hours does

Is there such a thing as: fresh cut grass scented black cherry caramel popcorn? Mouth-watering fresh acid. The color is incredible. Far western edge of Alexander Valley, 13 acres of Carignane planted between 1927 and 1950. pure black cherry, fresh cut grass that reminds me only of Zinfandel. Caramel that I typically associate with Petit and Alicante but not after tasting this in barrel. Beautifully simple but not a Basic Bitch. I would Blind it as a field blend or Zin. Good stuff, put it in a decanter, curious to see what 72 hours does

1 person found it helpfulJun 2nd, 2017
Michael Linton

Only available at the winery. 5 blocks harvested. Punch over the cap 2x daily layered fruit and balanced acidity. Neil is the birthday pumpkin! Fruit forward nice grip tartaric acid minimal SO2. 46 barrels. Dark plum

Only available at the winery. 5 blocks harvested. Punch over the cap 2x daily layered fruit and balanced acidity. Neil is the birthday pumpkin! Fruit forward nice grip tartaric acid minimal SO2. 46 barrels. Dark plum

1 person found it helpfulAug 12th, 2016