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Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast California, California, USA, 2008
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The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is compelling. Where to start? An expressive bouquet redolent of sweet herbs, tobacco and incense leads to a gorgeous tapestry of dark red fruit. The Estate is drop-dead gorgeous, with the silkiest of tannins that frame an extraordinary finish. This has to be one of the most compelling values in California Cabernet. In 2008 the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Draper describes 2008 as the driest of the three drought years spanning 2006-2008. The 2008 is the first vintage for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which used to be called Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2008 a spring harvest frost damaged much of the Merlot crop, so there was no natural outlet for the Merlot that had previously been used in the Santa Cruz Mountains bottling, but in 2009 there will be a new Merlot bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. 94/100 Wine Advocate.


 

Winemaking
All estate grown grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and sorted. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria. 24mg/liter calcium carbonate were added to two of the forty-three small fermentors to moderate very firm acidity and 36/100 of one percent rehydration (added to one fermentor of cabernet) during fermentation; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush, 180 ppm over the course of aging); fresh egg white fining to moderate tannins. Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Opaque garnet color. Layered cassis and blackberry, fennel, dark chocolate, limestone/mineral notes, toasty oak. Complex fruit, tannins, and oak are impressively balanced. Drinkable now, and over the next fifteen years. -Eric Baugher (2/11)
 

 

 The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is compelling. Where to start? An expressive bouquet redolent of sweet herbs, tobacco and incense leads to a gorgeous tapestry of dark red fruit. The Estate is drop-dead gorgeous, with the silkiest of tannins that frame an extraordinary finish. This has to be one of the most compelling values in California Cabernet. In 2008 the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Draper describes 2008 as the driest of the three drought years spanning 2006-2008. The 2008 is the first vintage for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which used to be called Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2008 a spring harvest frost damaged much of the Merlot crop, so there was no natural outlet for the Merlot that had previously been used in the Santa Cruz Mountains bottling, but in 2009 there will be a new Merlot bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. 

I tasted a breathtaking array of wines during my recent visit with Paul Draper at Ridge. Draper is a true American icon, so it’s great to see him doing well after a bout with illness. I also tasted a number of older wines, including several Monte Bellos going back to the 1970s. Heretical as it may sound, I think the wines Draper is making today will prove to be far superior to the wines of decades past, many of which are rightly considered legendary. For ease of reference I have also included notes on all of the Ridge wines made outside the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chardonnays are fermented with native yeasts and go into barrel with their gross lees, which are stirred once a week. The malos usually start the following spring. The wines are assembled just before the following harvest and go back into neutral oak. Aging is about 15 months for the Estate and 17 months for the Chardonnay Monte Bello, with a maximum of 25% new barrels. The reds are fermented with ambient yeasts, undergo malolactic fermentation in tank (except for the Monte Bello which is mostly done in barrel) and stay on their gross lees until the following spring.

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards are amongst the greatest wines in the world.  To a great many of the world’s most dedicated critics and collectors they represent the very pinnacle of sophisticated, cooler-climate Californian winemaking.  Guided for 40 years by the steady hand of philosopher/vigneron Paul Draper, Ridge have resisted the fiscal benefits of chasing Parker points or smoozing Wine Spectator magazine.  Quite unbelievably a case of their flagship wine Monte Bello can be bought for less than a single bottle of Screaming Eagle or Harlan Estate.


Inspired by the Bordeaux winemaking techniques of the immediate post-war decades Paul Draper, part winemaker, part philosopher and part scholar has built up an unparalleled knowledge of producing wine in the hills and mountains around the San Francisco region.  His overriding aim has always to be to create non-manipulated wines, the absolute opposite of many of the overripe, high-alcohol and stylised wines which have wowed the critics (especially the US-Based contingent) for over twenty years.  Members of the HarperWells team have been ardent followers of these wines for 20 years.  We have met with winemakers Eric and Paul on many occasions and have a genuine love for their wines.    



Wine features
  • 0.75l volume
  • 13.5% ABV
  • Drink by 2020
  • Cork Closure
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