This old guy is presenting amazingly well, even just popping and pouring over a couple hours. Garnet color with no brown edges, suggesting little visible oxidation has occurred. Slow legs. Inviting, ample nose with aromas of ripe blackberries and strawberries (and some not so ripe fruit), with a touch of cooking spices, forest floor, sagebrush and gravel dust. Flavors of just ripe blackberries and strawberries, with a very slight note of oxidation. Strikes the palate as moderately sweet but retains some acidity. Finishes a bit bitter, with some lead pencil notes. After 10 years, tannins are still providing some traction and extending the finish. Moderate body with a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. This zin is quite delightful now.
Beautiful showing. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, some raspberries, graphite and slight dried floral notes. On the palate, this is drinking young. Slight tannins. Slight vanilla, but I would not guess 10 years from vintage. Juicy acidity/texture. Bottle is drained quickly. Glad to have a couple more in the cellar.
Big berry nose. Sure enough, blackberry on the tip of the tongue, but, then, a silky smoothness that makes check the label. Is this Zinfandel? Yep, 77% with some Petite Sirah and some Carignane. Not the big brambly, woody blackfruited Zinfandel, but a sophisticated integration of berry flavor, resolved tannins and supporting acid. Wow.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium red violet color; redolent, chocolate, baked berry nose; creamy textured, baked berry, milk chocolate, bay leaf palate; medium-plus finish (77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane; 12 months in barrel, 20% new American oak, 25% one and two years old, and 55% in three to five-year-old barrels)
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(Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-dark; NOSE-not appealing; smells a little like NY garbage; one day old mushy cereal; little oyster shell; TASTE-lighter than previous Lytton Springs; a little bland & boring; some dark cherry flavors; kind of nice & silky, but simple; a bad batch of blueberries; WS-88; GV-85