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6. Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon FKA Santa Cruz Mountains

This wine used to be known as Ridge Vineyard’s Santa Cruz Mountain bottling and it was a bit of an enigma, being a second wine to Ridge’s flagship Monte Bello bottling. The varietal composition of the SCM has varied from a bare majority of Cabernet to almost entirely Cabernet, so the wine is ever-changing, though the quality is not. This new iteration of the wine is now labeled as a Cabernet Sauvignon, so perhaps some consistency is on the way. In all truth, I hope not too much.

This has been a lovely Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet. It is leanish at times in its youth with plenty of oak, but given 5-8 years from the vintage, this wine really knits together well and expresses the breezy elegance of its appellation. I’m a bit nostalgic about this wine* and perhaps this is not the right place to list it, so bear with me.
* vintages prior to 2009

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