Mediocre, and not a style I enjoy. It can't decide if it's a dessert wine or not, and caught in the middle - capturing neither the best aspects of dry or sweet. And worse, kind of flacid, especially for a Ridge, and especially for a 99. Too much alcohol, not enough fruit. Sour, but not dry. Not much depth, breadth, length, or flavor I enjoy. Yet, given this, it will probably last for another decade - especially given Paul's track record, though this seems unworthy of the cellar space. Sorry, but this is just not in the wheelhouse, for all of my respect for Ridge wines. Not my cup of tea.
Interesting bottle. Funky raisiny late harvest character. Soft with no tannins left but Draper's back label note suggested drinking before early 2006. On its own, a bit too much. With spicy jambalaya it worked pretty well.
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