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Ridge ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Sometimes being on a budget isn’t so bad. Cutting out certain things can allow for other aspects to be bumped up a notch or two while still being thrifty. Rather than going out to dinner and a movie on a regular basis, we stay in with a delightful bottle and some Netflix action. So when my fiancé and I found ourselves in the wine shop on the weekend, we decided to look for a respectable wine because we knew we were staying in. We had a Sean Connery James Bond lined up on the Netflix, so we were looking for something that was a little bit dashing, bold and elegant.

My fiancé chose the Ridge ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. The label is rather masculine looking and more than likely not one that I would have picked up. However the back label was filled with a plethora of fascinating data regarding the production of the wine; from the acreage and weather info to cellaring details [the wine is superb now, but will age beautifully over the next 15-20 years]. 

We let the wine decant for a bit whilst waiting for the baked gouda mashed potatoes to get a glorious looking golden crust on them.  The wine had a brilliant dark purple ruby colour, and I was greeted by the smell of violets and blackcurrant.  The tart black cherry flavor popped with the perfect amount of black pepper spiciness. The lingering, silky finish was opulent in its smoky, oaky integrity. As it continued to open, hints of its fruity nature came out; blackberry flavours became obvious, as did a woodsy toastiness. The well-structured, firm wine lent itself more towards the formal side of the glass, although not at all dry or stuffy, just very consistent, diplomatic and pleasurable.  My fiancé concluded with “It’s a wine you would find on the table at a yacht club.”

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Monte Bello Vineyard
California
13.5% alcohol
$36
Enjoy now thru 2026

* Rated 94 points by Wine Advocate

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