Medium red in the glass. Aromas of dusty cherry, briar, and cinnamon bark. On the palate, this shows creamy cherries, cherry-vanilla liqueur, dust, and some floral notes. Spice and dusty tannins come in on the finish. Medium bodied. Mature and where I like my Ridge zins for primary fruit - still fruity, but integrated.
Smooth, well integrated zinfandel. This wine manages to avoid being overtly hot or alcoholic and does not have an unripe greenness that can plague zins. One of Ridge's better efforts in the millenium, the wine is a more of a dark crimson than purple. It has a nose of blueberry, maybe a hint of banana (perhaps a aldehyde, not the most pleasant part of the nose of this wine) and a waft of oak. It smells jut a bit like freshly polished dress shoes. The aldehydes/chemical constituents of the nose do not show on the palate. Fine, well integrated tannins frame berry, cherrry and hint of tar. The wine finish is just a tad short, maybe 15 seconds. Very appealing, especially with a well structured meal such as hamburger, tacos or italian sausage with tomato. I think the wine may have peaked a few months ago so I would put on the consume list for 2008-2009.
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