Ridge Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $49.29-$57.99, 95 points, poured broadly opaque purple/red brightening toward the transparent meniscus and heavily draped glass bowl.
Profuse 'kitchen-sink' perfumed aromas of toast, savory, cassis, orange peel, and juniper with a subtle iodine note were Ridge spectacular.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a spine of firm grainy tannins carried the bouquet onto the palate with chewy black and red fruits.
Finished very long on lingering pomegranate, loam, dry puckering tannins, tongue-tingling warm spices, and a European 13.7% alcohol.
Varietals were 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.
Paired perfectly with my spice-rubbed rare Angus rib eye.
Ridge, why it's a "go to" winery.
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