The nose is sweet, Bing cherries cooked in brown sugar. ON the palate, the flavors are far more tart than sweet, sour cherry and redcurrant lead on the attack. Plum and hints of black fruit show on the mid-palate, along with touches of olive, rosemary, and tarragon. Tannins are big, moisture-sucking, but matched in power by kids. This wine is young, a little disjointed, but with a fine pair of hand-tooled holsters, one loaded with tannins, the other with acids, and a broad palette of fruits and herbs, this could evolve into something special with five years in the cellar. Drink with patience, but when the time comes, braised lamb shanks would pair perfectly. Highly recommended, almost entirely on spec (91). DH

WHO: Ridge
WHAT: Merlot
VINEYARD: Monte Bello
WHERE:  Santa Cruz Mountain, California
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $45 (media sample)

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David Honig

David Honig, the Publisher, looked at what was happening in the world of wine journalism and realized there were a lot of great writers out there at the same time paying publications, from newspapers to websites, were dropping like flies. So he created Palate Press to find the best writers and create a new forum for them to sell their best work. He is a self-educated oenophile, and defers to the tremendous experience and wisdom of the amazing staff at PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine.

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