A nice mature Zin. Its lost is juicy, jammy, flabby fruit and replaced it with a silky, smooth feel of integrated tannins, character and some little finesse. It is still very balanced and the 15.1%+ alcohol isn't really noticeable except at perhaps the end of the finish, (and only fleeting at that). Some savory/leathery elements on the palate with a touch of the old vine sweetness that old vine Zin is known for. Very nice. 88+ but drink up - this is at the top and will only slide from here.
Lovely bottle. Better than expected. Classic Zin nose with sweet leather, some white pepper and cherry. Solid core of dark red fruit in the mouth with a nice long, mouth-coating finish. Fruit and acid in wonderful balance. Terrific bottle of Ridge. Paired beautifully with lamb burgers with porcini mushrooms.
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