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Ridge

I went up to Ridge (Monte Bello) the other day for the first time in many years despite having family in the area and visiting here at least twice a year. It's a giant PitA to get there; the road appears to be genuinely dangerous. But it's well worth the trip.

They poured several wines, one Chard, two Zins, a Rhone blend, the SCM Cab and three vintages of Monte Bello red. I enjoyed the Chard a lot; not the least oakey or otherwise typically "California". The Zins I could take or leave. The Rhone blend was interesting.

Of the MB red, we had the current release (2007) plus the 1991 and 1992. I was quite impressed by all three. Everyone in the room agreed that the '91 was the star. Just more depth than the other two. The guy running the tasting thought it was perfectly mature; I had my doubts. Then again, I tend to let my wine go a little longer than most people would.

Great stuff. I used to have a lot of '80s vintages but I drank it all long ago. Need to stock up on this again.

Prices were, frankly, insulting. A little furtive searching with the b-berry showed that anything they were selling at the winery could be had for 20-40% less with ease at retail.
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