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6. Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon FKA Santa Cruz Mountains

This wine used to be known as Ridge Vineyard’s Santa Cruz Mountain bottling and it was a bit of an enigma, being a second wine to Ridge’s flagship Monte Bello bottling. The varietal composition of the SCM has varied from a bare majority of Cabernet to almost entirely Cabernet, so the wine is ever-changing, though the quality is not. This new iteration of the wine is now labeled as a Cabernet Sauvignon, so perhaps some consistency is on the way. In all truth, I hope not too much.

This has been a lovely Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet. It is leanish at times in its youth with plenty of oak, but given 5-8 years from the vintage, this wine really knits together well and expresses the breezy elegance of its appellation. I’m a bit nostalgic about this wine* and perhaps this is not the right place to list it, so bear with me.
* vintages prior to 2009
 

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  • Snooth User: Jarel
    158434 7

    Any list that leaves off Ray Krause from Westbrrok Wine Farm is incomplete. His Fait Accompli is one of California's crown jewels. You need to find that and be as stunned as I have been - with each new release.

    Apr 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM


  • Snooth User: davidboyer
    208575 26

    Yes, I saw what you did here Gregory - no complaints from me. I'd say well done!

    David Boyer
    classof1855.com

    Apr 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM


  • Snooth User: Chopine304
    329740 103

    Some price points would have been nice. I love the Ramey Claret. It is my "go to" wine.

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM


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