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2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1295773

Price: $64.99

VN 93 JD 92 WS 91
W&S 90
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A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, this intense yet balanced wine offers blackcurrant, cherries, clove, toasted oak, and cocoa. Brambly, rich, supple yet firm, this lovely will bring pleasure tonight or for years to come.

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Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    So, you like Ridge Vineyards “Monte Bello” Cabernet but you can’t afford it? Fair enough. Luckily they have created just the thing to keep you satiated. The 2014 Ridge Vineyards “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon is a declassification of numerous lots off the Monte Bello Vineyard, which includes some of the replanted “young vines,” and is treated in the cellar exactly the same way as their flagship bottling. For years now we’ve touted this beautiful, classic California Cabernet to our in-store customers and we feel like it is time to inform a larger group of our customers just how good this wine is before it is gone. Big, powerful aromas of Asian plum, sweet pipe tobacco, boysenberry and warm spice fill the dark yet friendly nose. With a similar concentration to the famed Monte Bello bottling but not as integrated or lengthy, I mean what do you expect for $125 less a bottle, this is superb Cabernet full of the savory components of the Santa Cruz Mountains and with layers of blackberry, clove, toasted marshmallow, fennel and a resonating purple flower note in the finish. There is certainly a reason this is one of the staff’s favorite Cabs year in and year out.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Ridge Vineyards wines always seem to deliver. This 2014 Estate Cab. is no exception. It offers nice dark fruits that are rich and delicious but it is not too ripe or jammy. It is a dry wine that is a classic California Cab. I think that it will be best with hearty foods.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    It seems like only the other day we were all crooning over the 2013 releases from Ridge, yet here is another pristine Cabernet from the "Estate" line. 2014 keeps up the same excellent quality and depth that we have all come to expect from the Estate Cabernets, showing lovely resin, rosemary, and green olive aromas, with excellent, full-bodied dark fruit, lithe tannins, and well-placed acidity that highlights rather than overshadows the fruit. I highly encourage all of you to pick up a bottle or two or six! Always under-rated next to the more famous "Montebello", the Estate Cabernet is quite exquisite, and one not to be missed!
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    At our staff tasting of 4/4/2017, this (and three other wines) were my favorites out of about 30 selections. Super big nose of black cherry and boysenberry. On the palate, however, super structured with fine tannin and oak. Black plum, dark red fruits and the (just right) amount of earth and tobacco make this one of the best vintages of this wine that I have ever tasted.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I've been buying this wine every year since I first started working at K&L and this 2014 edition might be my favorite edition thus far. It's absolutely lovely. There's plenty of plush plum and dark berry fruit, but with that acidity and earthy spice that make Santa Cruz Mountain cabernet what it is. It's full and supple on the palate, but again that weight doesn't overwhelm or throw off the balance in any way. This is a great mid-range bottle of serious CA cabernet.


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