Belated celebrations: Time has finally tamed the beast--a little. Deep ruby. Sweet cherry, tart red fruit, lots of wood spice, herb. Silky, lighter body. Medium acid and very plentiful tannin, but the tannins are actually approachable now with some air. Quite enjoyable.
Not as brutally tannic and primary as the bottle I had about a year ago, though this was opened a few hours in advance, which may have helped. There's bright plum and red berried fruit at the core with tinges of earth and that oaky Draper perfume, but there's also a faint high toned varnishy/VA like note on the nose that remains in the background and doesn't detract. It's still very primary with a lot of youthful intensity to the fruit and a fair bit of tannin lingering, but it's quite enjoyable and nowhere near as forbidding as my last experience.
I've had freshly released Bordeaux that showed more development and less structure than this. This is absurdly young with a core of very fresh dark fruited flavours tinged with oak spice and earth, and a fair amount of tannin on the back end. The balance is excellent though, but I wonder just how long this really needs before the structure integrates and the flavours start to develop into something more mature and savoury.
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(Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek) Group's #3 (my #1) – 50 pts; 2, 0, 2, 0 - dark red violet color with pale meniscus; intriguing VA, pepper, dried berry nose; tight, herbal, black fruit, graphite and charcoal palate; long finish 92+ pts. (86% Petite Sirah, 14% Zin)