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This year marks the inaugural vintage of Fifth Ridge, a red wine blend named for Stonestreetís Alexander Mountain Estate, the fifth ridge from the Pacific coastline. The fruit in this wine came from their Alexander Mountain Estate ridgetop vineyards 1,000 - 2,000 feet above sea level.
Ruby-purple in color, this wine leads with notes of raspberry, chocolate and coffee on the nose, followed by a lush palate of fresh plum and cherries. Cabernet Sauvignon was blended in to provide added structure and complexity, and Cabernet Franc contributes lush aromatics.
"This is the first release of this new wine from Stonestreet. Itís Merlot with some Cabernet, Syrah and Cab Franc. Grown in Jess Jacksonís high mountain vineyards, itís rich and soft in black currant, cherry, mocha and smoky oak flavors, with smooth, easy tannins. Best now and through 2010. ó S.H. (10/1/2008)" -Rated 88, Wine Enthusiast
" Dark red. Spicy cherry and redcurrant aromas are sweetened by a subtle vanilla accent. Energetic red berry and bitter cherry flavors show good depth and power, with a nervy tone extending through the spicy finish. Lightly chewy tannins provide structure. This should age well." -Rated 89, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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