2006 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Red
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2006 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate exhibits a similar deep ruby/purple color as well as less complex aromatics, an attractive, round, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This successful 2006 should drink well for 15 years. (RP)
Light, pure nose. Very ripe claret. Lightly sinewy. Forward and very superior polished claret. Black fruits. A wine of the week. 17.5/20 points.
Tight and austere, with a taut band of dried currant, mineral, fresh earth and pencil shavings. Balanced in a very restrained style, slowly offering glimpses of complexity.
Ridge's Santa Cruz Mountains Red is a blend of Cab and Merlot and a perennial favorite from the winery. Aged for 20 months in in American oak, this is a bit softer and more accessible than the Monte Bello, but still definitively Santa Crus Mountains wine. A flinty minerality complements the flinty, cola and spice aromas that carry the wine's fruit nose. In the mouth, coffee, licorice, blackberry and raspberry flavors coat your mouth with chalky tannins.