Good wine but still young. It is a little raw, hot and alcoholic. Nice bold black fruits and big/medium big tannins (not overpowering). Still very racy in 2012--I wonder if it will every mellow. Definitely needs decanting--much more approachable two hours later.
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(Ridge Syrah Lytton West Vineyard) Very dark magenta color; lavender, oak, roasted plum, berry nose; oak still predominant on palate with roasted black fruit and lavender; medium-plus finish 88+ points (with 9% co-fermented Viognier)
(Ridge Syrah Lytton West Vineyard) Opaque purple red violet color; ripe plum, baked berry, black fruit, floral nose; rich, baked berry, black fruit, oak, caramel palate; medium-plus finish (91% Syrah, 9% co-fermented Viognier; more integrated than last time I tasted it)
(Ridge Syrah Lytton West Vineyard) Nearly opaque dark red violet color; oak, baked plum, black fruit, green herb nose; chunky ripe black plum, berry, oak, Welch's grape jelly, Shiraz-like, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (with 9% co-fermented Viognier)
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