Ridge Vineyards Estate Merlot 2012
|Appellation||Santa Cruz Mountains|
Wine AdvocateMade from 100% Merlot and checking in at 13.5% natural alcohol, the 2012 Merlot Estate sports an inky purple color to go with terrific notes of black cherries, crème brulee, spice, smoked herbs and licorice. Fabulously pure with medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges ,and both freshness and richness, it's one of the top Merlots I've tasted from the Santa Cruz Mountains; it will have upwards of 10-15 years of longevity.
Wine SpectatorTight and not very generous, with dense flavors of tart cherry, tobacco and roasted herb. Finishes with hard tannins. Drink now through 2020. 1,400 cases made.