2006 Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Fifth Ridge (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend)
Visiting this winery 2 years ago is particularly memorable for me because I randomly got stung by a bee on the forehead as we were walking up to the winery! The wines here are all very delicious, particularly the Christopher’s Cab, which I was lucky to try. The wines here aren’t cheap, and the Fifth Ridge was one of the few I could afford at about $40 (several other cabs I liked were close to $100). This is a very classy winery on expansive grounds.
Upon opening this bottle I was greeted by a few nuggets of sediment in the neck of the bottle. Personally I love it when a cork comes out with some crystalized goodness on the business end.
This is a dark ruby wine that will paint your glass pink when swirled. A very bright, pleasing aroma of blackberry and raisin. Similar tastes on the palate with a subtle black olive flavor as well. I like how the flavors are so subtly melded together. Slightly on the dry side with fine tannins that gently tug at my cheeks.
Tasting this wine again reminds me why I like this winery so much. I remember thinking they use some kind of voodoo magic in their winemaking process to make it this good. The 2006 Fifth Ridge is pretty accessible at $30-$40 so try it for yourself.
Final Grade: A-.
The Technical Stuff:
Date Tasted: September 15, 2011
Varietal: 54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate
Region: Alexander Valley, CA