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What a great opportunity to not only try some incredible wines, but to be guided by such an incredible winemaker & pioneer. A true artist when it comes to wine... the winejazz and blues metaphors, the obvious love of family and life in general, the old-school romance, the grounded spirit of Paul Draper shines through. I felt honored to be able to participate in this tasting. I only wish he lived in Austin and would guide me through the Ridge wines nightly. A true wine icon...Holy Cow, am I proud to have these wines (especially the Monte Bellos) be from the United States! Cool cat and extremely educational... Thank you, Mirabelle! Thank you, Paul Draper and for everything you've done... You are appreciated.
In order preference. (Mirabelle Restaurant - Austin)
1. ‘91 Ridge Montebello $275 A+ -115 ***** 110706
—Genius/Haut Brion?/Extremely balanced & long-lived/Full-bodied, 36hr lover
2. ‘92 Ridge Montebello $180 A+ +10 ****
—Rockstar/somehow youthful at 14 yrs./polished, stylish, & refined/left bank Bord?
3. ‘90 Ridge Montebello $220 A -80 ***
—pruny cassis cocoa/still has full color/could definitely be Bordeaux/drink now/yum!
4. ‘03 Ridge Montebello $123 A -34 ***
—very tight/give 9-15 years/deep, super-ripe, creamy, and dense/leftbank Bord?
5. ‘03 Ridge Zin Geyserville $36 A -2 **
—sensual, elegant, and rich/better balanced in its youth/Pomerol lover’s zin
6. ‘94 Ridge Zin Geyserville $70 A- -48 *
—still alive, though lil tired
7. ‘03 Ridge Chard Santa Cruz $33 A -7 *
—wth?/color and juice appear aged/bone dry/closer to bone-dry textbook Puligny
8. ‘03 Ridge Zin York Crk $30 A- -6 *
—ripe, green/tastes like barrel sample/fruit shines much stronger than ‘04 Lytton
9. ‘04 Ridge Zin Lytton Spgs $36 A- -21
—thin and unusual Lytton/green, pyrazine, and raw vegetable