This was such a stunningly balanced fruit forward wine back in 2006 that I was concerned it would be hot and flabby now. While not as lip-smackingly bright as 8 years ago, the fruit is more of a stewed variety but the structure is still there. Drinking well right now, but probably not going to get better.
We had the 05 a few weeks back and decided to see how a few more years would treat this. As always with Ridge, although the back label said it would be best before 2010, the winery consistently understates the drinkablility of its wines and this was no exception - fabulous stuff, great nose, mature zin flavors on the palate and decent finish. Definitely mature but by no means over the hill. Very nice.
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