This was a very very interesting wine. Stored perfectly (perfectly!) under ideal conditions since its release in the winter of 2000, the wine was still well balanced, with a vague floral nose, flat neutral taste and finish. Not a wine made to age however and clearly past its prime.
Still, kudos to Ridge for a carefully crafted wine that aged gracefully into old age.
Dusty, spicy nose of a bit of cinnamon and pepper, nicely tart red fruit on the palate, with a hint of pluminess that was not at all distracting or a flaw. The tannins are fully resolved with just a bit of grip on the finish. As the bottle is open for a bit, the wine gains some weight and depth. This is probably 2-3 years beyond its peak (Draper put the drinking window 2000-2006), so it's not going to get any better, but on this night, it was a perfect choice.
I bought this on WineBid for $15. One of 3 vintages of Sangiovese from Lytton Springs West, according to the back label (CT includes 4); this was an ATP bottlling. The only vintage of the three that was 100% Sangiovese. 13.4% abv.
We had this with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots on St. Patrick's Day. My mom always made this for us, though she was Scottish, not Irish. This was the 14th anniversary of her death, and, coincidentally, since I didn't realize it til we sat down for dinner with the wine, the wine was also celebrating its 14th year. A terrific bottle of wine with the food, very easy to drink, and a reminder, as if I needed it (my 2009 Monte Bello futures arrived this week and I was just charged for the 2011s), of how good Ridge wines can be.
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