An exploration of wine

818. Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains, 2009

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Book 5 Wine 818

£65 / 37.5cl; 13.5%

Another highlight of a great Cabernet line-up. Refined, albeit still a classic California Cabernet, with American oak influence. Less elegant than Quintessa, but very good. Saturated ruby-purple. Coconut assertive opening, with banana and vanilla. Pronounced oak, with mocha and grilled coconut. Oak subsides over time to reveal briar fruit notes, with balsamic touches. Sweet-savoury. Ripe blackcurrant flavour, with coconut and spice. Tight and dense. Medium-full bodied, with chalky tannins. Long, with a black pepper (Petit Verdot?) note.

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