1978 Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
WB Rating: 76

Alcohol by volume: 15.2%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library Wine)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Now here is one strange wine! There is actually a lot to admire in a red at age 25 that has such a deep, healthy color and chewy texture. But it was a weird wine, apparently the very first harvest from Jimsomare after it had been replanted in the 70's. Amazing and uncharacteristic alcohol content probably kept it alive all these years, but its earthy soy sauce, tobacco, and rubber aromas and flavors were a bit too funky for my taste. I wonder if this is the last bottle of this wine in existence?? My thanks (again) to Jim Colbert for another mystery wine from his store of prehistoric reds. - HK 2003-09-27


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