Wow -- though my expectations were low, I'm stunned how well this was still drinking... must be the petit syrah complementing the oxidizing zin. I agree with prior review that this could keep awhile, but why wait more on a 16-yr-old zin-heavy blend? Enjoy now while a sure thing.
mature colour some rust. Popped and poured and a little harsh at first but ten mellowed out and this bottle was vigoous complex, plums and spice, harmonious with some tannins and acidity. Very good. Fully ready but will keep a while.
color holding, started out "dusty" then evolved to more meaty and dark berry fruit aromas. the palate attacked by secondary tobacco/cedar and a bit pruny, mid palate very dry (alcohol vs tannin?) followed by a fairly mellow lengthy finish that goes stemmy at the very end. i think that served with the right dish (red meats or bbque) this might be ok, but past its prime from my view.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium dark cranberry red color with pale meniscus; lovely herbal, dried red berry, dried raspberry, raspberry, baked cranberry, dried leaf tobacco nose; tasty, complex, tart and sweet red fruit with underlying core of dried red berry and cranberry, with near medium acidity, very youthful yet; medium-plus finish (high Petite Sirah component seems to be keeping this one very youthful; 78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 1% Grenache; 16% new American oak, 21% in one-year-old oak and the rest in older barrels)
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