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2010 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1126223 93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This alternate selection from Ridge’s famed Monte Bello Vineyard proved controversial on our panel. Several tasters found it astringent and wondered if it would ever be approachable. Somewhat oblivious to their concerns, I described the wine as pretty, finding it classical in structure, claret-like in weight and plump with enough fruit to fill that structure. There’s black spice and minerality to the tannins that should sustain the juicy freshness as it ages. Inner quote mark (10/2013)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Readers who can't (or don't want to!) wait for Ridge's Montebellos to hit their stride should consider the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. A gorgeous wine, the 2010 is laced with dark plum, black cherry, jasmine and crushed rocks aromas. Firm yet beautifully integrated tannins support the saline, crystalline finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and flowers pick up notes of pipe tobacco and smoky minerals with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sweet blackcurrant and cherry flavors with suggestions of anise and mocha. Shows impressive energy on the finish, which is firmed by tangy acidity and a touch of bitter cherry. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark One of the lowest-alcohol prestige Cabs on the market, Ridge’s 2010 bottling is dry, softly tannic and light in body for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet it’s complex in flavor, offering tiers of blackberries, cherries, currants, herbs and spices. Wants some time, but not a lot. Inner quote mark (8/2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Not to be mistaken for the winery's considerably dearer flagship Monte Bello bottling, this underplayed Cabernet speaks in comparatively hushed tones. It is pulled back in ripeness with tentative, berry-like fruit juxtaposed with gentle oak and a touch of green tea, and its slender, acid-edged style is a bit sparing in richness. It is slightly wiry and its bones tend to show through, but we like its focus, and it should be far friendlier stuff when allowed a few years in which to relax. Inner quote mark (4/2014)

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