What We’re Drinking – 2013 Ridge Vineyards “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon


The nose shows black currant and eucalyptus. Loads of complexity show on the palate, with black currant, mint, and eucalyptus joined by tobacco leaf and high-toned red fruit. Tannins are dusty and acids surprisingly bright. The finish falls off a bit quickly, but everything about this says buy some and put it in the cellar. It has so much to offer, and with a few years downstairs it will all knit together beautifully. While not inexpensive, this is very reasonably priced for a wine that will get better with time. Highly recommended on spec, 90 points. DBH

WHO: Ridge Vineyards
WHAT: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
WHERE: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
HOW MUCH: $55 (media sample)