I had a brief but very interesting opportunity to taste the 2002 Monte Bello yesterday, which I’d been gleefully anticipating for some time. As can be seen on the label image below … …Paul Draper had estimated, back in ’04,… Read More ›
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More On Carignane -or- Carignane, Tom Hill, And Me -or- How The Ridge Vineyards 1992 Whitten Ranch Carignane Changed Everything For Me
Tom Hill has very kindly allowed me to post some excerpts from his recent tasting of the 2007 Ridge Vineyards Buchignani Ranch Carignane, so I thought I’d share, so it isn’t always me up on the pulpit (My bit comes… Read More ›
The Big Sleep -or- The 1977 Monte Bello Arises -or- Fly On The Wall To A Dispatch From The Wine Front
If the nose of the ’74 Silver Oak was tobacco, the nose of the ’77 Monte Bello was a Montecristo cigar straight from Fidel’s pocket. Although the fruit was undoubtedly showing some age, it presented beautifully with dark cassis and berry flavors, along with deep spice, leather, and a bit of oak. The dark flavors elicited a “Nectar of the Devil” summation of the wine. In the off chance you have any ’77 in the cellar, the wine is clearly ready to drink, although will probably remain solid for a few more years.
Ok, we’ve definitely assembled a great group of tasters for our Jimsomare “Virtual Vertical,” now it’s time to set a day. I’ve had one person specifically suggest one so far, so I’ll start there; how does everyone feel about July5th?… Read More ›
Well, we’ve quite quite an interesting flight on for this weekend, and in all honesty, I really wanted to find a title for this post that would allow me to play off “The Rumble In The Jungle” with a viticultural… Read More ›
RIDGE In The Round: The RIDGE Round Table Reviews The Ridge Vineyards 2005 California Syrah Lytton West!
There has been a somewhat long-running array of commentaries weaving in and out of my other posts about this wine; it all began with someone’s West Coast Wine Net comment about Syrah and Viognier, it continued through an exploration of co-fermentation, and now,… Read More ›
In a rather timely bit of synchronicity (see my previous post), it turns out that Eric Asimov discusses his very favorable reactions to tasting the 1977 RIDGE York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon in the June 1 edition of The Pour, to… Read More ›
Ok, in the service of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I strongly considered titling this post “A Picnic Partaking Of Particularly Pleasing Petite Sirah, Breathtakingly Buoyant Barbera, and Captivatingly Contemporary Cabernet That Confounds One’s Considerations Of Chronology And The Calendar!” But… Read More ›
Received a wonderful set of photographs recently, from a pair of vertical tastings of RIDGE Geyserville and Lytton Springs that were hosted by Dave Burzynski of Champane’s Wine Cellar and International Marketplace, in Detroit, Michigan. I’ve posted a sample below, and may… Read More ›
1999 RIDGE California Lytton Estate Grenache: Tasting Via Tasting -or- Food As Analytic -or- How A Dish Can Show A Wine’s Other Side
OK, a fairly long-winded title, to say the least. So here’s the gist: Essentially, rather than assessing this particular wine via a more “standard” tasting MO (i.e. tasting notes in the traditional sense), I thought I’d try to explain it… Read More ›