Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains 2010
"Aromas of blackberries, cassis, violets, and licorice. Dark berry flavors together with crushed rock minerals, cocoa, exotic oak spice, and chaparral. Full bodied with chalky tannins and lively acidity. In 1886 the Monte Bello vineyard was first planted and construction on the winery begun. The first vintage was in 1892. In the early 1940s, the last of the old vineyard was abandoned; in the late forties a few blocks were replanted. Those cabernet vines—now sixty years old—produced the first Ridge Monte Bello (1962) and subsequent vintages until the mid-seventies. By then, abandoned blocks replanted during the sixties were maturing, and their fruit considered for use in the Monte Bello. A number of those consistently produced a more accessible wine that developed its full complexity earlier and these were combined as the “Santa Cruz Mountains.” With the 2008 vintage the name of this stylistically distinct wine becomes Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, stressing the varietal and the Monte Bello vineyard as its source." -Winery
Editorial Reviews for Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
A bit spicy on the nose with nice notes of rose stems, pink peppercorn, mineral red fruit and a touch of salt with hints of melon rind. On the palate this shows a fine mineral edge, it’s small scaled but very well balanced and transparent with lovely ripe raspberry fruit. The tannins are quite ripe and the acid fully integrated. On the back end this shows a lean nature, slightly austere though very fresh with cranberry and cherry pit fruit that carries through on the modest finish. 86pts
Perhaps a little under-ripe on the nose but at the same time this is quite focused with floral framed, fleshy red fruits that are tart and candied smelling with coconut accents. Bright and precise in the mouth with a touch of oak early on the palate followed by an austere and fresh feel. Smaller scaled with crisp black and red fruits supported by bright acids and fresh little tannins that add energy and length to the finish Just lovely 92pts
Still open on the nose, with fresh red fruit topped with lots of nutty oak, a hint of butter, toasty spice notes and a meaty edge. Transparent and bright in the mouth, this is very tight today and I didn’t have enough time to tell where it’s really going. There’s no doubt that this has fine structure, and fresh, ripe fruit, but I can’t get much more out of it. 89-92 points
Extremely fruity on the nose, like cherry jolly ranchers. A hint of spice and cherry, with tannins that are almost too strong.
Blackberry, cocoa powder, peppers. I like the nose a lot. The mouth is smooth and oaky, with some nice pepperiness on the finish.
absolutely delicious comes to mind first! lucious red fruit, a bit of cocoa and milk chocolate but more rustic on the nose, with a peppery finish.
Peppery Hence the Syrah.. Not much nose at first.....until about an hour later. A unique and strong finish. This wine is all end palate. A unique and enjoyable blend. I'm not blown away....but I did like it. Cheers!
Bright fruit flavor and scent. But a bit zinggy at the same time.
Estate grown fruit, earthy and herbal on the nose with some spice and cherry. Dusty tannins with great acidity.
Lovely cabernet! Full bodied and flavorful. Highly recommend this wine. Can't rave enough about it!