Made with fruit sourced from Ridge's famous low yielding Monte Bello Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, the Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was first produced in 2008, and offers an earlier drinking alternative to the Monte Bello itself. The unique vineyard is composed of green stone and clay soils, over decomposing limestone, and is located only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon spends 18 months in American oak barrels, 45% of which are new. (Panel Tasting)
As you’d expect, this blend of 81 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 16 per cent merlot, the rest petit verdot and cabernet franc, is really a statement of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrant, redcurrant, forest-bark, cedar and tobacco aromas. The palate has powerful cabernet tannins, bolstered with cedary oak punch. The fruit is fresh and tightly wound for now. Needs time. Try this from 2022.
A wine that always delivers, year in, year out, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) reveals the hallmark vibrant purple color of just about all of the Ridge Cabernets as well as a perfumed bouquet of cassis, vanilla bean, leaf pencil, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, incredibly silky, and balanced, it just glides over the palate and has no hard edges. It’s going to evolve gracefully on its balance and purity.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (which hails from the Monte Bello Vineyard) is already quite expressive, revealing aromas of blackcurrant, ripe cherries, cigar box and burning embers, framed by a judicious application of new oak. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and nicely balanced, with fine-grained tannins, a good core of ripe fruit and a pure finish. While the Estate Cabernet is explicitly crafted to be approachable in its youth, this should be well worth following for the next 15 years. The 2015 blend is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. (WK)
Ridge's 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly refined and polished. In some vintages the Estate Cabernet needs time in bottle to be at its best. That is not the case with the 2015, which is sumptuous, open-knit and positively stunning in its beauty. Stylistically, the 2015 is decidedly on the riper, more sumptuous side of things for Ridge, and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced throughout. Soft tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)
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