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What a sad ending to one of my favorite Cabernets over the past 3-4 years. Ridgeline (formerly owned and operated by Artesa Winery) was a boutique ... Read more
A good comeback after a very poor 2009 vintage.Duckhorn purchased the Ridgeline Vineyard in Sonoma from Artesa in June of 2012. This wine now has i... Read more
Every bit as good as the 2005....and maybe a bit better! Fantastic nose and supple flavors that extend like silk over the mouth. Refined and eleg... Read more
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What a sad ending to one of my favorite Cabernets over the past 3-4 years. Ridgeline (formerly owned and operated by Artesa Winery) was a boutique winery that specialized in Cabernets that were soft, smoky, and wonderfully easy to,drink. I developed a fondness for,them after drinking their 2005 a number of years ago. But this clearly is an example of just giving up what you do when you know that you are being bought. Ridgeline was sold to Duckhorn in June of 2012, and you can see by this 2010 release that they no longer cared to make a quality wine at this point. Very sad...From the cheaper looking generic bottle, to the unmarked cork.....to the poor nose, and finally the watered down taste. There is 1 tiny morsel left on the mid palate that suggests that this wine may be Ridgeline. Sad to see them go out with a whimper and not a bang.
A good comeback after a very poor 2009 vintage.Duckhorn purchased the Ridgeline Vineyard in Sonoma from Artesa in June of 2012. This wine now has its graped sourced from Napa and not Sonoma. Mark Beringer is continuing the Ridgeline label for Artesa with this recent release. Great color, good nose, and medium weight and tannins. Mostly mid palate and very pleasing. A great value Napa Cabernet at the $22 price point. Cheers!
Every bit as good as the 2005....and maybe a bit better! Fantastic nose and supple flavors that extend like silk over the mouth. Refined and elegant. I challange anyone to get a better Napa Cab at the price of $20 a bottle. Simly an AMAZING wine! Cheers!
Mossy, loamy earth on the nose and dark, musty stewed berry. Filled with baking spices and stewed berry compote. A bit overly rustic and out of balance for me. Way too "dirty". - Tasted at Artesa 4/22/10
AMAZING! Supple, refined, elegant, soft, lush....Shall I continue. How about balanced and simply wonderful to drink? One of the best botique Cabs you can get from Napa Valley. Run to get a bottle! Cheers!
Wonderful wine! Soft and supple. Finally gave in a bought a bottle of this gem of a Cabernet! Cheers!
dark fruit, tobacco, and a bit of oak. loved this bottle...especially if you can get it below $20!
External Reviews for Ridgeline Cabernet Alexander Valley
Frequently, we resist writing about a launch. There have been flash in the pan wines and we look for consistency. Yet, we have more than a hunch about the newly-released 2002 Ridgeline Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.Here's why: Ridgeline Vineyards is a new boutique brand debuted by the ever-reliable Codorniu of Spain; the winemaker is talented Dave Dobson, who makes wine for Artesa Winery, also owned by Codorniu; grapes were sourced from the 80-acre Oak Mountain Ranch Estate Vineyard, at elevations ranging from 800 to 1,500 feet above the Alexander Valley floor in northern Sonoma County.Oak Mountain Ranch Estate was planted to four Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec – by Codorniu in the late 1990s and divided into six vineyard blocks, with east-west exposure to maximize sunlight on the vines and on a north-south vertical axis for perfect soil drainage.For this 2002 release, Dobson blended Oak Mountain Ranch grapes with fruit sourced from Alexander Valley growers to create a wine showcasing the best traits of Alexander Valley Cabernet: lush, mouth-filling plum fruit with round blackberry overtones, enhanced by barrel spiciness from 30 months aging in French oak cooperage.It's a wine with both power and elegance to accompany a simply grilled steak or add a satisfying complement to savory, long-cooked meats such as lamb shanks.
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