Excellent fill and solid cork. Plenty of funk on the bottle for the first hour of decanting. Once it fully blew off, there was only muted black fruits remaining. On the palate this wine was silky smooth but a little flat compared to other bottles I've had of this wine.
High neck fill. No sign of age on this bottle. It took nearly 2 hours to fully open and even then it seemed like it was still in a bit of dumb phase. Almost creamy vanilla Oak with black cherries. Smooth as silk but a real mouthful. I've got a couple more of these and am tempted to let them sit for another couple years before I come back to them as I get the feeling the wine still has yet to fully bloom.
The fill was into the neck, the cork soaked 2/3 of the way but solid. Color showed only modest signs of age. Still a dark plum to core. This bottle was spectacular, evolving in the glass over a couple hours but never dropping off. Upon first opening, tobacco, black currant and cedar dominated. After an hour, black cherry, some hard leather and menthol appeared. After a couple hours it was a blend of all three. The wine was smooth but the tannins were still very firm underneath. 30 second finish. A real mouthful and a great experience.
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(Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek) Group's #1 (my #2) – 29 pts; 1 1st place vote, 5 2nd place votes, 0 thirds, 0 last places – Dark red violet color; sweet beef jus and charcoal nose; light bodied, over-the -hill charcoal, graphite and smoke palate; medium finish