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Community Tasting Notes (31) Avg Score: 89.2 points

  • Done. This particular bottle was past it's time. It opened with a nice port like nose, no tannins and a very light floral taste. After a short time, it's age revealed itself and everything that is wonderful about Ridge was gone. I'm hoping it was just an issue with the storage.

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  • Well developed bouquet of mature Zin. Nice flavors and good structure.

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  • Perfectly relaxed tannins. Delicious, complex and smooth!

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  • Wow. Really good wine. Dark brick red in color. Kind of murky and not clear. Smells awesome! First thing I thought was that this wine smelled like port. Raisin and a current/blackberry reduction syrup on the nose. So much so, I thought this wine would be a sweet fruit bomb. Tasting the wine, I found that this was a very well balanced and a very well structured wine. Dark berries up front that gave way to one of the best finishes I have ever experienced. The dark berries transitioned to perfect juicy tannins and then to a tart raspberry jam to tobacco. This wine was light to medium bodied and didn't have a "creamy" mouth feel. After 2 hours of decanting, the wine seemed to lose its strength and became super mellow.

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  • This wine was truly a revelation. It epitomizes aging gracefully, with inviting aromatics, deep, rich fruit enhanced by a generous mineral patina, smooth tannins and an overall structure conducive to even more time in the bottle. I was unsure what I'd uncover based on some of the prior reviews, but all my expectations were met and exceeded! I only wish I had more!!

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/9/2008, (See more on 91 points

    (Ridge Lytton Springs) Satsuma plum, mushroom and iodine nose; Satsuma plum, mushroom and dried sage palate; medium finish (77% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 4% Mataro, 2% Carignane, 1% Alicante Bouschet)

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