You’ll find me talking about these wines often in the coming weeks; the new Ridge Vineyards Spring Releases.
We had occasion to taste through them today with our very good friends from Alexia Moore Wine Marketing, and it was a wonderful day, to say the least, particularly as the tasting included two VERY RARE gems straight out of Alexia’s own cellar.
In addition to the Alexia Moore team, we had some lovely folks from Ridge on hand as well, including a very-happily-rained-on Vineyard Manager by the name of David Gates …
And a very-happily-quaffing winemaker by the name of Eric Baugher (seen here chatting with Ridge Regional Sales Managers Dan Buckler and Christina Donley) …
The tasting featured the following (listed in pouring order):
2010 Ridge Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
2010 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville
2010 Ridge Vineyards East Bench
2010 Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles
2009 Ridge Vineyards Estate Merlot
2009 Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet
2006 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
2010 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Petite Sirah
followed by Alexia’s selections:
1979 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Zinfandel
1979 Ridge Vineyards Glen Ellen Zinfandel
Needless to say, a lovely time was had by all. As for myself? Just another day of dirty, dirty work …
p.s. both ’79s were showing surprising well; they each still had fruit, and the aromatics were divine across the board. That said, while they did want decanting due to sediment, they did NOT want a lot of air; if you’ve got either or both of these in your cellar, drink soon, and don’t air them out for long. They’re lovely, but they’re fragile …
And by the way, don’t remember 1979?
It had something to do with roller skating, and it looked something like this …
Take your pick. White pants from 1979, or Ridge Vineyards from 1979 …
I’m just saying.