Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2007, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

To bring in the New Year, here is a delicious wine, one of California’s icons. Happy New Year to all of you.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, dark coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, pencil lead, light vegetables, coffee and chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet blend from California. Showing great complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

This 13 year old is a delicious Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and engaging, with a tangy finish that makes it interesting.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins and become its own.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers. A good wine to pair with BBQ Meats.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Drinking very nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in mostly American oak barrels.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$230 (current vintage).

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