Aroma: mushrooms and berry compote. Wet earth. Cured meat. Palate: bright red berry and plum with peppery notes and hints of cured and roasted meats. Hints of almond. Good acidity, light to medium body, and distinct tannin. A bit harsh; give it a couple more years in the cellar.
This is definitely not a pop and pour wine. On first tasting, it was really harsh. An hour of air helped a lot, as did food. It was a very good pairing with chicken adobo, but it was more of an easy-drinking complement to the food than something that shone on its own. Also note that there is a lot of sediment, so it needs to be filtered.
Perfectly fine, but lacking much interest or complexity. Nose and palate are all tannin and mineral. I would have appreciated more than the faint hint of fruit that was present. There's nothing flawed about this wine; it just fits a profile that didn't work for me.
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(Ridge Petite Sirah Dynamite Hill York Creek Vineyards) Very dark ruby color; tart berry, baked berry, black raspberry nose; tasty, layered, elegant, tart berry, baked berry, black raspberry palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish (93% Petite Sirah, 7% Zinfandel)