Nose of black berries, sap, gobs of wood, and Eau de Draper. Very juicy medium+ body, chewy mouth-coating tannin with fairly pronounced wood tannin, medium acidity. On the palate, blackberry, oak; tart; long drying finish. Nice, fruit-forward (if somewhat oaky) zin.
2003 Ridge Jimsomare Zinfandel The fruit needed some coaxing as this also closed up after opening. Yet very well balanced and solid structure which should translate into a solid wine in a few years. 13.6% ABV 91+ points
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