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The challenge of Cabernet on the Ridge is to get it ripe. There are years when we sell the wine off in bulk. But when it does mature it is glorious, flush with vine-ripened blackberry and black current, herbal green olive and tobacco, incisive cedar and menthol, and an elegant suppleness that dazzles.

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mendocino Ridge

Estate bottled

25% Merlot

0.72 T.A., 3.52 pH

13.9% alcohol

100% French oak

Barrel aged 20 months

Suggested cellaring: 5-20 years

Bottled August 25, 2009

Released November 2009

150 cases produced

$35