Ridgeline Cabernet Alexander Valley 2010

Member Review by Stallion:

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.

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Ridgeline Vineyards:
Ridgeline Wines is a family owned and run business. The winemaker, Mark Haisma, has been involved with premium wine throughout his working life from his first job at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley in the 1980s to running five star retaurants in Europe and Australia in the 1990s. In 1999, Mark had the good fortune to be offered employment at the Yarra Yering vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Es... Read more
Ridgeline Wines is a family owned and run business. The winemaker, Mark Haisma, has been involved with premium wine throughout his working life from his first job at Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley in the 1980s to running five star retaurants in Europe and Australia in the 1990s. In 1999, Mark had the good fortune to be offered employment at the Yarra Yering vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Established by Dr. Bailey Carrodus in the 1960s, Yarra Yering is one of the premium wineries in the Yarra Valley and Australia. Described by Berry Bros and Rudd in the UK as a "complex and unique" winemaker who "uses unusual and idiosyncratic winemaking methods to create extraordinary wines", Dr. Carrodus taught Mark the art of winemaking from scratch allowing him to develop an intimate understanding of the impact of vineyard practice on wine quality Read less

Member Reviews for Ridgeline Cabernet Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: Stallion
381013885
1.50 5
04/20/2013

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.


Snooth User: Stallion
381013885
3.00 5
04/05/2014

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!


Snooth User: Stallion
381013885
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/30/2011

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!


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/09/2010

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


Snooth User: Stallion
381013885
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/28/2011

Wonderful wine! Soft and supple. Finally gave in a bought a bottle of this gem of a Cabernet! Cheers!


Snooth User: Stallion
381013885
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/30/2011

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!


Snooth User: jja347
97638114
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 10/16/2011

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Ridgeline Cabernet Alexander Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2002 10/16/2008

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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