Deep, intense, and still youthful. While this has just 0.2% RS according to the label, there is a ton of fruit that makes it seem slightly sweet, pairing well with some sticky pork ribs from the grill.
Maybe I had adjusted my expecations down, but this was actually OK. Sweetness and acidity have tamed with time, and a core of fruit with some drying leather remain. Not bad, but certainly the worst Ridge I've ever had. My last bottle, and I'm not sad to have gained the extra cellar space.
This bottle has lost the port syrupiness that was present upon release. Acidity has tamed. It was just another high-alcohol Cali zin with dried out fruit and a pretty fair tannic clamp on the finish. Average wine in my book, and I am a big Ridge fan. I suppose I'll braise with my two remaining bottles if they are anything like this.
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