98 Point Vintage - Wine Spectator Magazine’s editor in chief, James Laube
The 2010 Young Ridge Premium Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is revealing all of the beautiful notes that only come from a perfectly aged Napa Cab. Rich leather, dark chocolate, mahogany, cherry compote, and allspice. Flavors are equally rich and nuanced with violets, tobacco, sandalwood, hints of smoke and cherry. A rich nutty flavor has emerged from the aging process. After aging gracefully for nearly 10 years, the tannins glide over your palate leaving you thoroughly satisfied with an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel.
The Vineyards (owned by Leroy & Patty Young) The Young Ridge Estate Vineyard is surrounded by two vineyard blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. These blocks sit high on the ridge to the west of the town of Napa adjoining to Brown's Valley. This area on the edge of the Carneros district is characterized by a long, moderately cool growing season sweetened by the breezes and lingering fog of the San Pablo Bay. This provides optimum conditions for the slow, even ripening of and perfect balance in Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker Julianna Beckmann Gosling started her winemaking career as an intern at Robert Mondavi Winery, and after graduating from the University of California at Davis, she worked at both Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards. Today Julianna oversees all aspects of the winemaking process, shepherding the wines through from vineyard to bottle.
"WARM DAYS, COLD NIGHTS, AND ROCKY, WELL DRAINED SOILS ARE AN IDEAL COMBINATION FOR THIS WORLD CLASS CABERNET SAUVIGNON." ~ Juliana Beckman Gosling
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
VARIETAL: 86% Cabernet, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cab Franc
AGING: Aged 24 months 100% French Oak (40% new)
WINEMAKER: Julianna Beckmann Gosling
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Rich concentrated with black fruit, baked plum, graham cracker and coffee are wrapped in a velvety texture that make your taste buds ask for more. Highly recommended!
97 Points - PLATINUM
Opens with fresh lemon and orange aromas followed by more subtle notes of lemon zest and a hue of marzipan. Balanced acidity carries through. Fresh & Aromatic!
93 Points, Gold Medal
This Zinfandel is quintessential Napa style... bursting with flavor now, yet structured with a long life ahead. In a line-up of top Napa Zinfandel. Always a stand out!
This rich Pinot offers black cherry, dark plum, and sweet tobacco, mingling with undertones of savory spice. A ripe fruit forward core with notes of earthiness and toasty oak and silky soft tannin.
Aromas of tropical fruit, pear, apricot, and lemon meringue. There's fresh apple, too, and a nice toasty nut oak component going here along with the creamy, long finish. Perfect year round.
Double Gold Medal
From the heart of the Napa Valley, well known as a premier climate for growing world class Zinfandel. Warm sunny days lead to well ripened grapes and this Zin's jammy side.
90 Points, Double Gold
Rich ruby in color and offers an enticing nose of red currant, cinnamon and blackberry. The palate is opulent, full-bodied, with cocoa-dusted dark chocolate truffle.
Straw in color, verging on gold with aromas of apple, lemon, butterscotch, and a hint of oak. The palate has green apple, but turns more exotic with pineapple, kiwi, and melon. Rich tropical chardonnay.
Red cherry, sweet spice, cranberry, cola... It's just amazingly easy-drinking. Medium garnet and bursting with aromas of cherry, spice, hints of cranberry and tobacco. Delicious!