Better than the last bottle I tried, though still not really exciting. Bright red fruit, earth, and some funky leathery and other bretty elements at first, though with air a strong VA note becomes increasingly prominent and overwhelms a lot of the other complexities here.
After several older Ridge Mataros, my expectations were admittedly high. Yet, the previous bottle of this wine was quite disjointed and showed VA. This one also showed VA, but instead of a muddled mess, was fairly thin on the palate. After some time, notes of ethyl acetate / nail polish became quite prominent. Plenty of underlying structure and nice funk and earth on the nose, but impossible to drink. Will give some air and retry.
Mourvedre (TTTG blind tasting): I have liked every Ridge Mataro up to now. I have *loved* several. This one is a weird, disjointed mess. By wine drank, this is nearly last.
After a couple of days open in the cellar, the wine revealed a bit of what could have been, with some love Mourvedre "funk," deep rich red fruit, herbal notes. Alas, both the VA and the advanced age suggest a less-than-perfect bottle. I have one more which (hopefully) will show better.
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