Tried to open the bottle, cork broke - ok, the bottle moved from NY to Istanbul and than to Germany. Cork surgery went well but had to decant the wine. First nose & taste: gorgeous! The nose: fruity, dried berries, pepper, smooth oak. Taste: woody, still fruity, smooth end but one still can find some tannin. 30 minutes later - I have to agree with “1982” comments - fruit flavors only faint, rather then sedate, still very smooth but fading pleasure. Decanting wasn’t good for taste! Overall impressive for a 18 year old Zin! As I’m curious I will have the next bottle 2017.
Garnet red color. Notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and black fruits on the nose. First sip I would not pin this as a zin (although it is a blend), but taste a bit of white pepper, the Petite Sirah gives it some weight, bit of baking spice, hints of vanilla, resolved tannins, very smooth. Nice lingering finish. Impressive for an almost 20 year old Zin!
Medium-light rosewood color. Light, bright nose of baking spice, with a touch (some would say a touch too much) oak. The palate is very woodsy, with cedar and fennel seed and a some faint, rather sedate fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth, with tannins that have completely receded. This is pleasant and interesting wine, and refutes those who say that Zinfandel cannot (or should not) be aged. Promising for those cellaring later vintages of Ridge Zin, as these clearly have staying power beyond a few years' time horizon. Drinking well now, no need to wait.
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