Ridge Vineyards Spring Releases!

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.

Categories: Events, Geyserville, Monte Bello, RIDGE Staff, Tasting Flights, Vintage Wine Labels

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2 replies

  1. Oh Mr Watkins, what can we do?
    Given such a lovely choice, whatever shall we do?

    Come on down to Lytton, or up to Monte B.,
    Or glide away on on roller skates thinking we are free?

    No choice; no contest.
    (I bet the wine aged better than the folk in the last photo!)

  2. I literally just LOLed.

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