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  • 2011 Jaffurs Syrah Verna's

    My first of 3 bottles ordered without having tasted, based on some stellar reviews. Pristine ruby in color, with a gregarious nose of ripe black cherries, plums, cured meats and garrigue, along with a puzzling note of green beans. The palate is all class, with a rich attack of vibrant red and smoky dark fruit...but again with a whisper of green beans that seemed to become more prominent as the wine warmed and my palate opened up. Good acidity and medium sinewy tannins suggest a good long life ahead. I like this wine and will look forward to the next couple of bottles, but I did find the ever-so-slight green character a bit distracting and would have rated it a couple notches higher if it wasn't in the mix. No one else has mentioned it, so hopefully it's a case of bottle variation. (91-93)

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  • 2013 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench

    I think ELUEBCHOW's comments hit the nail on the head, although I'll be a bit more generous with my score. Everything seems in balance for my palate and, as usual, there is beautiful purity of Dry Creek Valley fruit here. Good QPR in relation to the more expensive zins in the Ridge portfolio. (90-92)

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  • 2013 Ridge Geyserville

    More elegant in stature than I was expecting based on some of the comments here and reviews I've read. The wine is very young, but all the elements are there in spades (fruit, acid, tannin structure) for a great future. I would hold off drinking for a year or two to allow it to settle down a bit. (92-93)

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