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  • 2013 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles

    I think this is a wine to buy in quantity so as to help keep your hands off your more structured, age-worthy zinfandels. As others have mentioned, it's meant for early consumption. Totally open for business, rich and smooth on the palate, with a nose of bramble and evergreen. Love it!

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  • 2012 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

    For whatever reason, this wine made more of an impression on me this time than last. But wines often seem to behave differently outdoors (poolside this time) than indoors (in a restaurant). Or, maybe I do. Anyway, the wine shows vivid, crunchy red fruit and spice on the nose and palate, with sinewy tannins that suggest 5-7 years is do-able in terms of aging. It's still wound up a bit but makes for delightful drinking. Another winner from Ridge.

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  • 2013 Jaffurs Petite Sirah Thompson Vineyard

    Near black in color, a wine of obvious extract upon swirling in the glass. Decanted for an hour. The nose was rather shy, only beginning to open up after another hour or so, offering up aromas of the deepest blackberries, plums and molasses. Teeth-staining and mouthcoating on the palate, with a rich, full mouthfeel and ample fine tannins. The wine is super young, monolithic and a tad tiring to drink at this stage. To me, it needs a good 2-3 years to drop some baby fat and gain a bit of elegance and more complexity. However, outstanding QPR here for a wine of such quality, magnitude and potential. (92-94)

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