ABV 15.2; deep earth and barrel nose; dirt, deep primary mixed dark fruit with some sweetness as well, prominent tannins; big and primary with good typicity; didn't really notice any heat; i liked it, but marilyn likened it to a barrel sample. worked with pizza but didn't really complement the food; ultimately polished off with cheese and nuts; seems to need plenty of time.
Ugg. All tanins, little fruit left. Not sure why I am in such disagreement with community, but my bottle was poor. Not corked. Maybe it will tenderize some steaks. Don't want to dilute point avg, so only posting note. Usually very happy with Ridge wines.
Opened direct from the wine fridge (>60F). Ran through Vinturi. Nose: heat with suggestions of smooth dark fruit Mouth: Smooth and velvety mouthfeel Palate: disjointed dark fruit, cocoa, hints of spice Overall: this is young, but not as infanticidal as I had anticipated.
Thought I'd like this more but it's emphasis on smoky earthy coffee notes lacked supporting luscious fruit which otherwise would have made this amazing. 15.2% alcohol and while it doesn't come off as "hot" necessarily it does come off as a bit of a brooding nearly gothic wine. Update after a couple days: This held up well under stopper. Think it will be better with age.
Definitely needs to be decanted before drinking. 30 minutes in decanter wasn't quite enough time, it was quite tight at first. But with additional time in the glass it opened up beautifully. Very pleasant!
Deep purple colour Med+ intensity of red fruit (raspberry/strawberry) + some vanilla and spices On the palate it is dry, Med+ acitidy, full bodied, Med+ alcohol, Med tannins (ripe with slight astringency however) with med+ intensity of flavours (see above+ smokiness and black cherry), med+ length. Overall very good wine I thought, the strong alcohol (15.2) balanced by the crips acidity, plenty of fruit, gaining with aeration (decant 1h if possible) and if not overly complex there is potential. Quality texture also...Very nice, will buy back at my next trip in the US.
Inky dark purple, nearly opaque. Aromas of cinnamon-scented blackberries, reminiscent of a berry crisp. Quite tannic, but showing well with rich blackberry flavors and toasty spice. Needs time to mellow the tannins, but once they do it should be nicely complex.
Not being a big Ridge fan, I was actually quite impressed with this 100% Petite Sirah. Much different than most in-your-face-chocolate-cherry Petite Sirahs, this has a ripe plum and blackberry nose, midpalate is really interesting with a mix of Cab-like cassis, dill, licorice, blackberry, ending with subtle mocha and smoky Syrah nuances. Yeah, the tannins are there but just get over it.
-- Consumed at at cellar temp: 60°-65° F. Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp!