Purchased from Dick Krueger of this board from his cellared Cabernet Program (since discontinued by Ridge) wines.
1983 Jimsomare Cabernet Sauvignon (10.8% abv) - Best old cork I’ve ever seen. Saturation was literally 1/16". The wine was youthful and vibrant. Color was dark ruby fading slightly to light ruby at the rim. Nose was of dark fruits with accents of earth, vanilla and cedar. Plush mouthfeel. Lots of layers and complexity on the palate, including a nice brambly quality. Amazing for its age and perceived breeding.
1983 Santa Cruz Mtns. Cabernet Sauvignon (11.5% abv) - This was 10% Jimsomare and 90% Mt. Madonna vineyard (~30 miles south of the Ridge estate). Similar in overall profile except a bit lighter (red fruits more than black) and a touch less muscular than the Jimsomare. If the 1983 Jimsomare was a burly, still young man, this was his sister. More elegance and finesse.
1987 Santa Cruz Mtns. Cabernet Sauvignon (11.9% abv) - 81% cab sauv and 19% cab franc. Lots from Jimsomare and Monte Bello vineyards. Much younger than even the Jimsomare, this also had a degree or two more complexity and structure than either of the preceding wines. Graphite, cedar, tobacco accenting the nose (the bouquet was soaring from the glass) and palate that was mouth-filling with a spectacular finish.
Three winners from Mr. Draper. Thanks to Dick for offering the chance to savor these wines.