CNY Dinner 2013 - Welcoming the Year of the Snake (William & Gina's): This is such a strange wine – as if a Zinfandel needs further help with size, sweetness or alcohol. The nose was certainly big, with swirls of glycerol weaving its way through sweet notes of black fruit and kirsch. The palate then picked up where the bouquet left off. Warm, effusive, and choked full of big, black fruited notes dosed with liberal amounts of spice. There was nothing subtle about the wine, though I must say it was rather surprisingly balanced. A strange animal, and something that only a maker like Ridge would have succeeded in keeping honest perhaps. Not quite my thing, but there were a few on the table that enjoyed it. I dare say it has quite a bit of room to improve in the bottle as it shades the last vestiges of baby fat over the next few years as well.
Big zin with pronounced alcohol and rounded berry fruit trailing into fig and a hint of raisin in the finish. Thick, juicy and port-like, but maintains some of the big fruit of a more youthful wine.
Deep Red to Purple. Thick/Slow legs. Aromas of Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), and Alcohol Heat. Flavors of Black currant (cassis), Blackberry, Fig, and Alcohol Heat in the finish. Full bodied, juicy. Medium finish.
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