Somewhat murky oxblood color. Smoky dusty nose. Initial taste is quite subdued. Then there is a combination of blackberry and lemon (?) flavor. Tannins are, pretty much, done for making this a pretty easy drinker. The one minus I would have for this wine is that, while I do not detect “heat,” I can definitely taste alcohol way in the back of the palate.
Certainly the ripest, sweetest Ridge I've ever tasted, this is still surprisingly youthful and lithe despite the jammy, kool-ade fruit and substantial oak. A testament to the longevity of these wines but not their most subtle effort. I'm surprised this wasn't classified into a late harvest bottling instead.
Wow, this is a really sweet wine (by Ridge standards), but it blessedly isn't heavy and it has lots of zippy acids to keep it focused. The bouquet is all raspberry jam (a touch of heat starts to show with some air too). Seems kinda late-harvest. Has that Ridge kiss of American oak, evident but integrated. Overall, this wine charms more by intensity than nuance, and it actually starts to get a little tough to finish after a few glasses. The wood grows more aggressive with air, giving it some distinct coconut and astringency on the finish. Still, an enjoyable and unusual wine that just lacks some of the standard Ridge class and refinement.
Tasted blind. Nose - lovely savory dried herbs, blackberry, subtle wood spice. Rich, has a funky fruit component - Alicante?, wild berry, smooth, dusty tannin, good intensity of fruit, touch of peppermint.
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