Ridge Estate Merlot 2013 (750ml)

Ridge Estate Merlot 2013 (750ml)

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As for the reds, the 2013 Merlot Estate (100% Merlot from the Monte Bello Vineyard) achieved 13.8% natural alcohol. It is an elegant, restrained and well-crafted Merlot with sweet dark cherries, some spicy oak, and medium body, but not much structure. It is clearly crafted in a more finesse style than some of the Merlots from further north in Sonoma and Napa. This dark ruby-colored wine should be drunk over the next 7-8 years. Robert Parker, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2013 Merlot Estate shows just how extraordinary this vintage is at Ridge. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2013 Merlot hits the palate with serious intensity and tannic heft. Dark and virile to the core, the 2013 is flat-out delicious. Even with all of its intensity, the 2013 retains the classic Ridge sense of mid-weight structure. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2013 for at least a few years. This is impressive stuff. Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA

Grape Varietal: 100% Merlot

Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 86 Points, Vinous 92 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2016 - 2024