Hidden Ridge 2007 55% Slope is a dense, complex wine showing flavors of tea, black currant, tobacco and clove. The wi...Read more...
Dark and earthy with some saddle leather early on the nose, then notes of cooked vegetalness, celery and peppers, adds some nice underlying complex... Read more
Nice herbal and nutty aroma, good complexity provided by oak. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with chocolate flavors that turns into an orange aci... Read more
Was hit at first with strong fruit aromas, but opened up to a more nutty, leathery nose. Fruity and spicy, definite chocolate notes, with gentle ta... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Hidden Ridge Vineyard
Dark and earthy with some saddle leather early on the nose, then notes of cooked vegetalness, celery and peppers, adds some nice underlying complexity to the core of black cherry fruit. The oak is well judged and adds some framing spice and a top note of vanilla. This explodes in the mouth with bold yet fresh tobacco, herb and earth tinged black cherry fruit. There’s a long vein of a slightly medicinal aspect that drives through the backend with some gingerbread and toasted almond oak. This is big and full flavored but its intensity does not come with thickness or excessive weight on the palate. Beautiful Cabernet, this is bold, structured with super fine yet firm tannins, solid length and emerging complexity. 94pts
Nice herbal and nutty aroma, good complexity provided by oak. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with chocolate flavors that turns into an orange acidity on the finish. I like the transition of the flavors and the balance.
Was hit at first with strong fruit aromas, but opened up to a more nutty, leathery nose. Fruity and spicy, definite chocolate notes, with gentle tannins that really round out this wine.
Black fruit, leather and spice in a nice little package. Has a bit of bright sweet fruit on the attack - mellows into molasses, syrup and jam.
More vegetal than our other CA cab friends, this one (grown on the slope at the Napa-Sonoma County line) also reveals some dark chocolate, blackberry and earth. A faint creamy texture leads into a smooth, well-balanced and unique wine. #GtiCabernet
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2020 (based on 2 user opinions) Community Tasting History Community Tasting Notes (average 88.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by chuckparker on 9/22/2012 & rated 88 points: - Brick color with medium forming legs and aromas of cut green grass. It's unbalanced and has flavours of black pepper and black currant with a medium body. Narrow texture with a short finish. (513 views) Tasted by Stephenmadden on 9/8/2012 & rated 89 points: Cherry, currant let it breathe (713 views) Tasted by csillabu on 8/12/2012 & rated 82 points: Not quite as impressed with this wine as other reviewers. Upon opening it seemed to be one dimensional, with tobacco, dry notes dominating. The mouth feel was also very dry and heavy on the tannins. Even drinking over two days, the aroma and taste didn't change much. I am not sure if this wine will improve with age, and for the money I can certainly find other cabs that I enjoy more. (934 views) Tasted by NoSwill on 6/25/2012 & rated 91 points: Day 1: Slight bitter green notes on the palate caused disappointment. Take those out, and this is a very nice wine. Day 2: Vacuum sealed and stored at cellar temperature overnight. Green notes are gone, but the fruit has diminished somewhat and the alcohol is more pronounced now causing the wine to taste a little hot. Still, better than Day 1. (This was a 77 on Day 1, 85 on Day 2.) Day 3: Boy DID this finally come together. What a transformation. Outstanding. This is a big, young mountain cab, and I'd consider opening it maybe a day before drinking. I'd guess additional age will benefit this, as well. Rating is based on Day 3. (1495 views) Tasted by Isdaddy on 6/24/2012 & rated 88 points: After reading some of the reviews was looking forward to trying this wine. Maybe my expectations were to high because I was expecting very good to exceptional and instead got ok. Nothing unpleasant about this wine. Seemed to lack complexity, character, and intensity I was hoping for. Unlikely to buy more. (830 views) Tasted by IconeWino on 3/6/2012 & rated 94 points: This wine is phenomenal. Tasted with about 15 other Napa and Sonoma cabs/red blends ranging from $30-$200, and this one blew them away - finishing 1st amongst all 4 tasters. If you find it, stock up. I'm on the lookout. (2397 views) Tasted by StainedGlass on 3/2/2012 & rated 90 points: Opaque glass-staining purple. Young and super fruity (blackberry, port, cassis) but layered with black licorice and menthol notes with a pleasant long finish. Handles the 14.9% alcohol well, with no heat. A bit fruit bomby, but was a Double Gold winner from the 2012 Houston Rodeo. (2341 views) Tasted by shaian on 12/11/2011 & rated 90 points: Dark ruby color, strong black berries&sweetness on the nose. Layered with long finish. Opened up beautifully about couple hours later&enjoyed more. Drink with '09 Pride Cab(67%Napa+33%Sonoma county) and This '08 HR was Not inferior(?) at all. Price-wise,,,, Awesome Napa Cab. Like ""55% Slope"!!! Fun marketing... (2912 views)
Hidden Ridge Cab is one of John's and my favorite Cab's, we found it at Main Street Wine Bar in Huntington Beach. John buys cases to keep us stocked. Every time we bring a bottle to a dinner party, everyone raves! Each time we open a bottle and sip a glass, we sigh and say "boy to we love this wine" :) A must wine for any cab lover.
Spicy, chocolate and blackberry notes, with a slight herbal hint as well. Very mellow attack, which melts into the mouth full of dark baking chocolate, black pepper and blackberries, and a long fresh fruit finish. Great wine.
External Reviews for Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Hidden Ridge Vineyard
Intense, chewy and full-bodied, with chunky currant, mocha, mineral, sage and dried berry flavors that are powerful and focused. Finishes with firm tannins that remind one to cellar.
The 06 55% slope cabernet sauvignon shows an open knit structure, with red plum, grilled nectarine, strawberry jam, red cherry, fennel seed, clove, black tea and vanilla flavors. This wine offers a rich,chewy, intense, powerful focused full bodied expression of Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with abundant ripe velvety tannins.
The Hidden Ridge Vineyard lies within an enclosed valley on steep mountainside slopes with largely East and South exposures. The soils are a complex mixture of uplifted alluvium and decomposed volcanic material typical of the Mayacamas Range, and vary depending on site. The majority of the vineyard is terraced. Lean soils and steep slopes naturally limit vine vigor and give remarkably small berried fruit. Although the vineyard is above the fog and sees warm days, the site is protected from the heat of the inland valleys and receives cooling early morning and late afternoon breezes that maintain a moderate growing temperature somewhat cooler than Spring Mountain directly to the East. This extended growing day at moderate temperatures gives the fruit well-developed tannins and rich texture while preserving the complex fruit characters lost in warmer locations. The fruit was handpicked at the peak of ripeness, and hand sorted to remove leaves and any imperfect berries. A five day cold soak was followed by a two-week fermentation using indigenous and selected yeasts and twice-daily pumpovers. The wine was pressed off after macerating on the skins for more than 40 days, then racked into 85% new French oak for 20 months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Intense, rich and concentrated, with ripe, well-defined fruit built around ripe currant, blackberry and wild berry and framed by firm, chewy tannins. Shows off spicy, toasty oak. Best from 2008 through 2013. 980 cases made. -JL ** Only 12 in Stock **
Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense, complex wine showing flavors of tea, black currant, tobacco and clove. The wine drinks beautifully now with decanting, and will continue to develop for a decade or more.
Hidden Ridge 2007 55% Slope is a dense, complex wine showing flavors of tea, black currant, tobacco and clove. The wine drinks beautifully now with decanting, and will continue to develop for a decade or more.
Closure: Composite Cork (Diam)
Notes: 80% new french oak
|Total Acidity: 5.5 grams per liter|
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