Ridge Estate Monte Bello Vineyard 2013 Merlot, $40.79-$47.99, 93 points, showed deep/dark reds with a tint of maroon and a clear wine ring at the somewhat teary glass wall.
Unusual aromas struck my son's nose as varietal-specific (blind tasting), I found it floral, meaty, and herbal with hints of sage and clove.
Full-bodied, rich, lush, having more good complex qualities than most Cali Merlot wines you're likely to taste; the Ridge Estate Monte Bello Vineyard 2013 Merlot was mouth-wateringly acidic, displayed fine-layered tannins, and an unfolding panoply of flavors; plums, toasty blackberries, citrus, cigar, chocolate and violets to savory flavors that begged to be tasted alone, but paired beautifully with our spaghetti in a rich meaty tomato sauce, and paired surprising well with my son's Chinese five-spice apple tarts on an almond and pecan crust.
This 100% Merlot with a modest 13.8% alcohol finished as splendidly as it began.
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