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2013 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

SKU #1248186 92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Merlot Estate shows just how extraordinary this vintage is at Ridge. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2013 Merlot hits the palate with serious intensity and tannic heft. Dark and virile to the core, the 2013 is flat-out delicious. Even with all of its intensity, the 2013 retains the classic Ridge sense of mid-weight structure. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2013 for at least a few years. This is impressive stuff. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This shows a lot of oak at first, partly because the fruit underneath is discreet and tangy rather than powerful. With air, a cool red-berry juiciness emerges amid the wine’s coffee and cedar aromas. Give this five or more years in the cellar to integrate before opening for something lean and savory, like pheasant with morels. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

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