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Ridgeline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2002

Member Review by Montegut:

Very very good in July 2009 but should be much better after 2010 or so.

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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 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: Montegut
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4.00 5
07/04/2009

Very very good in July 2009 but should be much better after 2010 or so.


Snooth User: geryarmsby
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4.00 5
03/22/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Ridgeline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: Appellation America
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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