Showing its age with a serene red fruit profile, but lacking ooomph and any real grip in the mid-palate and finish. Nothing really here to write about - nothing off or imbalanced, just a slow steady fade. And not so slowly. Elegant and stylish, but..... Drink up.
Best one yet, though this bottle is more advanced. Top shoulder fill, and cork shows wine up almost, but decidely not all the way, to the top. Bordeaux profile, lots of secondaries and tertiaries - tobacco, herbs, earth, etc, with not a hint of brett (a common experience with Paul's wines). Superb light-handed mouthfeel, excellent food-friendly acidity, nice finish (could be longer, but very good). This bottle fading within the hour, but delicious until then. Drink up.
This bottle significantly more advanced. From auction, so storage may not have been as cool or pristene. Mahogany rim, deepened red and black fruit notes on the nose, that signature Ridge palate - bretty, strong earth, ripe fruit, alcohol, very nuanced, a bit of oak. Excellent, but not great, and glad I have 5 more bottles from this lot, let's see if they're similar. This bottle, drink now or soon.
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