This is a very pleasant wine, with nice aromatics (incense, a hint of stewed fruit) and good polish. There's ample, clean, brambly fruit, eschewing the gnarly side of mataro. The acidity is high, giving this excellent intensity while just avoiding being shrill. In fact, it comes across as vaguely Italian, especially the bouquet which is quite lifted and floral (perhaps attributable to the 14.2% alcohol). Good length, zero oak, pretty textbook Ridge. A bit one-note to wow, but much better than some other vintages of Ridge mataro I've sampled. Well done.
Great stuff. Just a hint of old sweaty gym shoe at opening, great liquid slippery texture, great fruit, and very pure. Blueberry. Any oak has faded. Classic Mourvedre, but certainly on the polished side. A tad simple - the flatland terroir shows. Super balance. From 100 year old + vines. I'd love to throw this into a lineup of Bandols and see how it shows. This made me think of Gaussen in style.
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