I just had the rather most lovely opportunity to prepare, taste and share a particularly singular line-up of Ridge wines … … Singular for a few reasons: –The new, not-yet-released 2010 Monte Bello Chardonnay –The new, only-just-bottled 2011 Lytton Springs –The… Read More ›
Blends defined by cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, etc.
I was early, by intention. I wanted to absorb the air, the space, the mojo. Ghosts of Shamans past — silken-shadowed, proud and twirling — wove the naked canes with threads of dripping gossamer. In my car, the metal murmuring… Read More ›
I had the pleasure of hosting Paul Draper and two wonderful guests yesterday for what was not only an excellent tasting, but an enlightening conversation. The topics were, amongst other things, the recent changes rung at the Wine Advocate, the Asian… Read More ›
“One Word Tasting Note Rock, Paper, Scissors” + “7-vintage Estate Cabernet Vertical” = “Monday Funday!”
Oh Susanna! Don’t you cry for me, cuz I’m goin to Monte Bello with Estate Cab on my knee … And by Susanna, of course, I mean Susanna Hoffs; she, of The Bangles, who formerly noted that, as opposed to… Read More ›
I cannot help myself; I’m in the Year-End-List spirit. I MUST make my Best-Ofs … And for today’s canonically contributive endeavour, I am going to grapple into submission a task never yet set; I am going to attempt to name… Read More ›
It’s lunchtime on the mountain, and that’s a very fine thing … 2004 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Chardonnay Rich, supple, viscous mouthfeel, with warm tropical fruit and sweet, creamy vanilla and beurre blanc on the nose … Wide-reaching on the… Read More ›