First Friday: A 3 Vintage Ridge Vertical

Since becoming members at Ridge Vineyards, one event that Kara and I really like taking advantage of is First Friday at Monte Bello.  On the first Friday of each month, they present a members-only tasting that usually highlights a new release.

The Friday before last, Kara and I headed up the mountain in Cupertino to taste a 3 vintage vertical of Carmichael Ranch Zinfandel.  Let’s take a look at how this Alexander Valley fruit has changed over the last couple of years…

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The Ridge 2007 Carmichael Zinfandel had a jammy nose of strawberries and blackberries. On the palate, this Zin had loads of bright, candied fruits of blackberry and cranberries. There was a nice funkiness to this wine as well.

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The Ridge 2009 Carmichael Ranch Zinfandel had a pretty nose of blackberries, blueberries, and tomatoes. The palate was mad earthy, and mad balanced.

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Newly released, the Ridge 2010 Carmichael Ranch Zinfandel was my favorite. The nose of mushrooms, plums, and blueberries was hella complex. The palate had a bright acidity, powdery tannis, and flavors of plums and Earth. This was a real treat.

And that was First Friday.

Don’t worry…

It won’t be the last.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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One Response to “First Friday: A 3 Vintage Ridge Vertical”

  1. Another Day, Another Tasting -or- Guess Which Vintages Of Monte Bello We Tasted Today? | 4488: A Ridge Blog Says:

    [...] Anyhow, I’ve waxed on the 2010 Monte Bello Chardonnay before, and needless to say (or perhaps repeat?), I am, to borrow a funky ol’ Bay Area colloquialism, hella stoked on this wine. (Cheers to my man JeffIsRad over at the most excellent StayRadWineBlog!) [...]

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