PNP. Cork wet half way up and crumbly. Wine was fine. Color starting to brick on edges. This was soft and smooth with no edges. Has transitioned to mostly secondary flavors with a core of fig fruit and earth. The dark berries are gone. Finish polished and easy. Perfect match with our salmon and rice. Would not have guessed this as zin, and would drink it again w pleasure. Doubt that it will get any better.
Chicago Berserkerfest; 5/18/2013-5/19/2013 (Chicago, IL): I really liked this. The fruit was ultra spicy, rich, but focused. Seems to have shed its sappy fruit in the perfect way. Left behind were brambly dark fruits, subtle earth, some wood char and great structure. Didn't seem tired at all.
Excellent wine, with dark cherry, bramble, herbs, great acidity, and warm wood. A little less "oomph" than yesterday's 92 Lytton Springs, but better integration and finesse, and more subtle wood. Very nice. Quite lovely now, but no real hurry.
Top shoulder fill, $45 from UVA wines in Brooklyn via auction. Appreciated Dan's help and their temp control storage for back vintage stock. Cork looked good at the top but was saturated almost all the way up though the wine did not seem affected. Started off musty, dirty and one taster thought brett. Another pointed out that brett would have destroyed the solid core of sweet fruit that this wine held for 2 hours up until is was polished off. Mr. Moore says its usually other bacteria responsible for the 'stable' smell if the wine is older and not completely obliterated. There was a dusty thicket aspect and it carried the alcohol and fruit flawlessly without ever seeming oversweet or hot. Quite tasty amongst a lot of other qualty wines and pleased the group of experienced tasters. Expectations fulfilled!
The finest example of old Ridge Zin that I've experienced to date. Despite Paul Draper's advice to consume prior to 1997 (from the label) the '91 Paso Zin is now at its peak. 14.9% alcohol, but not a hint of it on a nose of anise and dark fruit. Color was dark cherry without even a hint of browing at the edges. Surprisingly jammy and fresh; 45+ second finish. Fantastic.
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