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2008 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
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About Ridge Vineyards

One of the premier producers of Cabernet and Zinfandel blends in California, Ridge Vineyards thrives on the hands-off approach of longtime winemaker Paul Draper. These wines are generally single-site bottlings that express the unique characteristics of vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley, among others.

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2008 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains

Producer: Ridge Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

(from Monte Bello Vineyard):  Vivid ruby.  Oak-spicy aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry and cola, with a hint of smokiness in the background.  Fleshy and smooth in the mouth, offering juicy dark berry flavors and mounting vanilla and mocha notes.  Finishes with good smoky persistence and resonating cherry and vanilla notes.  Gentle tannins make for accessibility but also suggest that this will repay at least five years of patience.  This wine, made from the lots that are more accessible and elegantly structured than those destined for Ridge's flagship Monte Bello bottling, has 20% merlot, 3% petit verdot and 2% cabernet franc in the blend.

89 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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