This was really good, showing it's best after several hours of air. Not an epic Ridge petite sirah (the '79 is fantastic), it charms with lots of ripe plummy fruit and a lifted highly expressive bouquet of white flowers and Cali mint-menthol, with the firm, large-scale structure of the petite sirah riding in and keeping things under control. Very nice, mature, typical. Not ideal provenance on this bottle, so others might show fresher.
Probably past prime, but quite enjoyable. Showing its maturity. Earthy nose and palate. Some bricking. Balanced structure. Enjoyed w/ seared flank steak, asparagus, and roasted potatoes. I have one more bottle which I look forward to drinking up soon.
Dinner at Brad Andonian's (Brad Andonian's House): Michael and Eric like this wine better than I did. I, however, enjoyed the opportunity to try such a rare wine. The nose had me convinced that it was Old World. It sure seemed like a CdR with a few years age. I found animal fur, funk, and chalk. The palate showed cherry candy and chalk. With air it picked up some deeper, darker elements.
Dinner at Brad Andonian's (Bellevue, WA, USA): Wow, what a nose of intense barnyard funk that slowly started to show some note of pine resin. The amazing barnyard kept going for hours on this one. On the palate this was deep and black with olive, screaming of Southern France. At first this was a bit astringent and leathery and showed very little fruit, but with a few hours it did open up a bit and get sweeter. That said, even after three hours in the glass this was impressively chewy and still tannic.
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