Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Date of Tasting: 19 April 2013
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.7%
Origin: California, USA
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Expect to Pay: THB1,500 - 2,500 (retail price in Thailand)
Chubby Score: 90/100
Value for money: 7/10
Professional Rating: RP - 91/100, WE - 87/100, JR - 17.5/20, DC - 17.3/20

Appearance: thick purplish red in colour
Aroma: expressive and rich aroma red fruits and spices
Palate: spectacular note of vanilla and currants followed by oaky touch, smooth and fine tannins and yet sweet notes, senses of coffee and licorice, mineral and fresh acids to balance, classic, medium-full bodied style

Twice in a row that I had visited Scarlett at Pullman G Bangkok and could not resist to order this bottle from the list. It was so fine and yet elegant. Perfect with decent food. Everyone on the table enjoyed the bottle nicely. Mild sweetness with acidity make this wine really splendid with food. Enjoy it over the next 5 years or a decade perhaps. Will raise more glasses for this wine personally.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
WS = Wine Spectator
WE = Wine Enthusiast
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound

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