My last of six bottles, so I knew what to expect and was feeling more sentimental than critical as I sipped. Notes consistent with prior tastings, except that the nose developed a certain gamey funk and a coffee note by the last glass, adding interest and complexity. The 2009 has always struck me as more rustic than the succeeding vintages, and this bottle was true to form. Wish I had a few more for consuming over the next 2-3 years.
A very nice Ridge. Medium red. Fruit dominates, in a good way. ripe but not overwrought. Medium body and nice tannins. More time in the bottle seems unnecessary. East Bench is rarely my favorite Ridge zin (that would be Lytton Springs) but this was right up there.
Solid effort, if a bit light in the nose and in intensity. Well balanced, good jammy black fruits, not overwhelming on the palate. Medium finish. A good everyday zin with the stuffing to stand up to bolder flavors, but not so heavy that it needs those flavors to shine.
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