2014 Ridge Vineyards "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot

SKU #1295770 92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Ridge's 2014 Merlot Estate possesses notable purity of fruit, brilliant aromatic presence and fabulous balance. Pliant, open-knit and super-expressive, Ridge's Merlot is a terrific choice for readers who are just starting to get to know the Ridge wines, as it can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. What a joy it is to taste the 2014 today. Sadly, there will be no 2015, as yields were punishingly low. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Also inky colored, the 2014 Merlot Estate (100% Merlot) offers lots of ripe black cherry, white chocolate, espresso roast, and licorice in a supple, seamless style. It's much more approachable than the Estate Cabernet and is ideal for drinking anytime over the coming decade. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

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By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2017 | Send Email
A sumptous, nuanced and elegant Merlot from one of California's best producers. Those who have tasted Ridge's other offerings are familiar with their focus and quality of fruit, but this Merlot is outstanding in the portfolio. Unfolding flavors and aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry, cassis and mountain blackberry are balanced by an elegant acidity and a fine grained yet very present tannin. The overall impression of this wine is it is plush, yet restrained, and is certainly ready to drink now, but will also age nicely for those who like to cellar.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2017 | Send Email
I believe the Ridge Merlot is one of the most understated and possibly under-appreciated wines in the winery's Estate lineup. Wine-drinkers unfortunately often have a stigma against Merlot, especially from California, but it is truly a noble grape with so much potential. This wine reminds me of some of the best Right Bank Bordeaux I've tasted, though with elements entirely its own. The wine is dark, luscious and silky, with velvety tannins and elegant, perfumed aromas. However, it certainly does not lack for structure, and, like its French counterparts, will absolutely benefit from some time in the cellar.

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