This is in a much better spot right now than a few years ago. Dark red raspberry and ripe plums on the nose with some sweet spices, pepper and oak notes. Very nice. Dark and juicy red fruits on the palate with a nice balance of fruit and oak. Medium+ acid and medium tannins with a slightly peppery finish. Some zins can be heavy fruit and alcohol bombs and this is actually refreshing and enjoyable to drink with room to grow. Very good.
Friday Afternoon; 1/22/2016-1/23/2016 (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red color. Decanted for roughly 20 minutes initially, then drank 2 glasses over 3 hours. se, showing a mix of fruits, starting off with blackcherry and plum, with hints of blackberry, gradually unfolding and becoming more red berry based with a light damp earthiness that really charms you. Subtle hints of mint late. Just a little green edge on the nose and palate which lends more character than distraction. The palate is tangy, medium bodied, at times the fruit impresses as plum and juicy, yet restrained enough, medium bodied, dark cherry, red berries, plum, pepper, long finish. Very nice and showing well as is.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Dark red violet color; light raspberry, ripe currant, black currant nose; tasty, youthful, tart black currant, loam palate with medium acidity; needs 4-plus years; medium-plus finish (71% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane; 14.5% alcohol)
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