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2017 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1469334

Price: $59.95

RP 94 VN 94 JD 93
W&S 93 CG 91
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  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This super release from Ridge is solid, solid, solid! Blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose definitely impress. On the palate, a slight bit of extraction is counterbalanced by fine tannins at the sides of the tongue. Black cherry cola notes backup the boysenberries and oak. Long finish with a hint of minerals. So superbly drinkable now but, will age extremely well. I imagine this sitting in the cellar comfortably for the next 20 years plus.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Blackberry fruit, savory herb and cassis form the backbone of this smooth, silky and proportioned wine. This shows plenty of forward fruit in a balanced, approachable style designed for early drinking but will pick up complexity if you can keep your hands off it. This has all the "Wow" factor you expect in a CA Cab of this pedigree but far more discretion than you usually find at this price point.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    This perennial sleeper wine is purely declassified Monte Bello. The fruit is grown at Monte Bello with the same meticulous farming as the lots for the flagship wine. It's harvested the same and the initial the winemaking techniques are exactly the same as its big brother. Only once the wine is almost done with fermentation is it evaluated for inclusion in the Monte Bello or Estate Cabernet. The decision is made by taste alone, the lots that winemaker, Eric Baugher feels can handle more extraction to endow the wine with more structure and longevity become destined for the top bottling, the lots that are more approachable, and lend themselves to earlier drinking are directed to the Estate Cab. The key thing to note here is that Ridge’s “Estate” Cab is almost four times less expensive than Monte Bello! And for those of us with less patience...you can drink it from the outset! The 2017 Monte Bello has multiple 100 point scores and has been hailed as "one for the ages" by Jeb Dunnuck. Touted as "one of the all-time greats" by the Wine Advocate. Several critics have suggested that it will be a 50-60 year wine. Baugher even laughed and said he wouldn't be surprised if it was a 100 year wine! However, if you want something to drink in the meantime you can't go wrong with this bottle.


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