55% Slope Ratings
- Wine Advocate Robert Parker Issue #216 - December 2014
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 55 Degrees Slope exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as
beautiful, sweet crème de cassis, Asian plum sauce, licorice and forest floor notes. Full-bodied with
velvety tannins, and impressive concentration, texture and length, this superb Cabernet can be drunk
early in life because of its velvety opulence or cellared for two decades. I was greatly impressed with
the Hidden Ridge offerings last year, and once again their current and upcoming releases merit
interest. The winemaker is Timothy Milos, and the wines come from steep slopes on the west side of
Spring Mountain. The elevations range between 900 and 1,700 Drink: 2015-2035
- Wine Advocate Robert Parker - December 2013
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope has no herbaceousness or greenness, a good sign for this vintage. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of black currants, cedar and spice. Medium-bodied and well-made, it is a success for this vintage. Drink it over the next 7-10 years- 2013-2023.
- Wine Advocate Robert Parker - December 2013
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope (14.9%alcohol) displays notes of licorice, camphor, charcoal, truffles, graphite and cassis. Rich, full-bodied, deeper, longer and more intense than the 2008, this stunning 2009 is one of the finest Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignons ever produced. Drink it over the next 15+ years.
- Wine Advocate - December 2013
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope (14.9% natural alcohol) displays a much deeper purple color and offers beautiful creme de cassis, licorice and spice box characteristics. This impressive, rich, opulent, full-throttle, voluptuously textured Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 10-15 years. Drink:2013-2028
I am not familiar with this terroir, but apparently it is on the Mayacamas Mountain at the Napa/Sonoma county line. There are 21 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon planted at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,700 feet. As one can see from the wine names, this is somewhat like the exercise Schrader does with the different clonal material for the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. Here, the winemaker is doing it with degrees of slope." Robert Parker
- Wine Spectator - 7/29/13
Rich, intense and well-centered, with vibrant blackberry, cedar, crushed
rock and tobacco leaf flavors, ending with ripe, chewy tannins and good
length. Drink now through 2020. James Laube
91 - Wine Enthusiast - 3/21/13
At almost five years of age, this Cab still tastes young and fruity. It’s incredibly dense with cherry pie, mocha and buttered cinnamon-toast flavors—distinctly New World—yet balanced with fine acidity and complex, ripe tannins. Drink it now with a great steak, simply prepared, with a brown butter sauce.
92 - Wine Review Online - Mary Ewing Mulligan - May 2011
...has aromas and flavors of dark berry with delicate herbal nuances of pine and eucalyptus, a lead-pencil minerality and a compact concentration of flavor. Its texture is silky-supple, with firm oak tannin on the rear palate, and the long finish shows an impressive concentration of fresh fruit. If you drink this wine young, aerate it by decanting or by plenty of sloshing around in very large glasses: its nuance needs air or time to emerge.
94 - Wine Enthusiast - February 2012
91 - Wine Review Online - Gerald Boyd - 12/27/11
A blend of the three vineyard parcels at Hidden Ridge, this dense Cabernet was aged for 20 months in French oak, 85% new, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. The color is a very deep ruby black and the aromatics are a little closed but showing cedar, blackberry and spices. The flavors are richly textured with traces of black tea, mocha and anise. It finishes with 14% alcohol and loads of concentrated fruit. Hofachet said that his decision when to pick was based on flavor and tannin development and not sugar levels. Although this wine is still very young, it is layered with lots of fruit and showing great promise and will reward the patient.
93 - Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel
Dark, lush and fragrant; velvety smooth and supple with ripe
black plum and blackberry fruit; notes of chocolate, spice and
leather; dense, long and beautifully balanced; rich and layered
with seamless structure and harmony.
92 - MASTER OF WINE review by Mary Ewing-Mulligan
This is an exciting entry on California’s mountain-Cabernet scene. The vineyard is situated on the western side of Spring Mountain, just inside the Sonoma County line. The wine expresses all the compact intensity you’d expect from mountain fruit, and more. The concentration of dark fruit, spice and mineral aromas and flavors is impressive, but the wine is tight and focused, not huge and overpowering (although weighing in with 14.7 percent alcohol, and very extractive in style). Tannins are firm and commanding, but not domineering -- the product of an unusually long 40 days of skin contact, followed by 18 months of French oak, 80 percent new. Without any experience with this wine, I estimate that it will improve over five-plus years and keep for ten more. I look forward to the ride. 92 - Mary Ewing-Mulligan is 1 of only 27 masters of wine in the
95 - Wine Enthusiast
“A very fine Cabernet that combines the modern cult style of ripeness with old-fashioned structure to produce a wine of exceptional appeal. It’s rich in mountain-intense black currants, bitter chocolate, spices and smoky oak, wrapped into splendid tannins, and the finish is thoroughly dry. The grapes are from the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain.” Steve Heimoff, November 2009
92 - Wine Spectator
Bold, ripe and concentrated, with intense, perfumed plum and blackberry fruit that's well-centered and well-proportioned, finishing with firm tannins. Best from 2009 through 2016 - J. Laube
Intense, rich and concentrated, with ripe, well-defined fruit built around ripe currant, blackberry and wild berry and framed by firm, chewy tannins. Shows of spicy, toasty oak - J. Laube
Hidden Lot #1 Ratings
91 - Wine Spectator
91 - Wine Spectator - Sept. 2011
Notably subtle and graceful for the vintage, this is firm, rich and juicy, with dark berry, mineral, cedar and tobacco flavors. Full-bodied, with a gravelly edge and a lift of berry and cigar box. Drink now through 2020. JL
"Impassable Mountain Reserve" Ratings
96 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate Issue #210 - December 2013
Rating: 96 Points Maturity: Drink 2013-2033 "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope Impassable Mountain Reserve (14.9% alcohol) exhibits a knock-out set of aromatics, including creme de cassis, licorice, barbecue smoke and roasted meats, gorgeous sweetness and sucrosity, a broad, savory, full-bodied mouthfeel, true opulence, velvety tannins, and a blockbuster finish lasting nearly 50 seconds. This magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 20 years." R Parker
I am not familiar with this terroir, but apparently it is on the Mayacamas Mountain at the Napa/Sonoma county line. There are 21 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon planted at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,700 feet. As one can see from the wine names, this is somewhat like the exercise Schrader does with the different clonal material for the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. Here, the winemaker is doing it with degrees of slope.
90 - Wine Review Online - Gerald Boyd - 12/27/11
Hidden Ridge Reserve is a barrel selection that underwent a seven-day cold soak and a lengthy maceration for maximum extraction then a fermentation that lasted 40 to 50 days, followed by aging for 20 months in French oak, the bottling unfined and unfiltered. The density of the black-ruby color is consistent with that of the other two Hidden Ridge Cabernets, while the aromatics show more spice, dark chocolate and a hint of mint. It has good structure, layered flavors, nice texture, 14.9% alcohol and no heat in the long fruity finish. With the proper storage, this big juicy Cabernet should last for at least another decade.
95 - Wine Enthusiast
This has intensely concentrated flavors of black currant, blueberry preserves, violet, vanilla and buttered toast; it’s as delicious as any Cabernet out there. The structure shows firm tannins and fine acidity, true to its mountainous origins. Keep this in your cellar for at least six years, and as many as 20.
55% Slope Awards
Sunset International Wine Competition Gold Medal & Best in Class
- Sunset Magazine - 2013
- Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition Link to award
- San Francisco International Wine Competition - June 2012
"Impassable Mountain Reserve" Awards
Sunset International Wine Competition
- Best in Class/Gold Medal - Sunset Magazine - 2013