(Tasted at the Ozzy Smack Down - a veritable sludge fest!)
A little acidic/juicy around the edges, showing its age more than I would have thought. Not as smooth or integrated as others in this flight. Drink up, the fruits running away. Last tasted almost 2 years ago. This bottle was not as nice.
- Crimsom color with medium forming legs and aromas of blackberry. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of black pepper, blackberry and grapefruit with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - I really liked this wine. i would say drink it anytime between now and the next 12 months. Lots of black pepper, but with an undertone of blackberry and if you wait a bit, a hint of grapefruit. Lovely wine.
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(Ridge Grenache Lytton Estate) Dark magenta color; deep berry, roasted berry, ripe plum nose; tasty, youthful, tart plum, tart berry, vibrant black fruit, charcoal palate; needs 3 more years; medium-plus finish (with 13% Petite Sirah and 9% Zinfandel)
(Ridge Grenache Lytton Estate) Medium dark magenta color; dried cherry, oak, caramel, maturing nose; rich, plush berry, black fruit, black raspberry, blackberry palate with sweet, firm tannins, reminiscent of a Chateauneuf du Pape from a ripe year; medium-plus finish (78% Grenache, 13% Petite Sirah, 9% Zinfandel)