Imagine if you could make wine from any grape or region in world.
Contrary to most California wine lovers, I've found that my favorite Ridge wines were the Chardonnays, and the estate bottling is an absolutely brilliant expression of that grape. The 2007 combines richness with an elegant, delicate mouthfeel, deep layers of ripe fig, honeydew melon, ripe green pear and smoky oak. I wondered if I was the only person on earth who thought Ridge’s whites were better than its reds.
First, the recession ended. Now TCA is gone from corks. File both of these claims in the same category. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Maybe cork producers' claims that TCA (2,4,6 trichloranisole) taint in corks has all but vanished is true, but it's the world's largest producer of natural cork closures making the claim and touting it as news.
Warning to winemakers: Drinking your own wine on a regular basis may be hazardous to your objectivity.
Ric Forman was about the last person I expected to change his wine style, but he has. Sort of. As much as Ric Forman changes anything, which is to say that it's rare and even then the shifts are subtle.
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