Bought from the winery. Out of the gate it was extraordinarily oaky, virtually undrinkable for me, but my wife liked it. Makes me worry that I'm becoming intolerant of the "Draper Perfume", which would be bad considering the amount of Ridge wine in my cellar.
By the second night it was tolerable. Third night it was decent, spicy warm climate syrah, but not shiraz-like. Has potential, but that brand new oak needs more time to integrate.
WOW. Great stuff. Really really fine. Much better than a bottle opened a few years back. Complex, rich, deep, balanced, integrated. At 10 years young this wine was a great drink. Not as much french as in garique as in new world with restraint and elegance. Tamed fruit but with style and grace. Very nice.
Still fresh dark fruit. I was concerned that the cork crumbled as I tried to extract it. Decanted through SS filter. Still has years ahead of it. No hurry to consume. The finish just lingers for minutes if you let it. Truly amazing. Looks like I need to stock up on Ridge (again).
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(Ridge Syrah Lytton West Vineyard) Very dark magenta color; intriguing, very appealing, black and white pepper, tart plum, roasted fruit nose; tasty, youthful, tart roasted plum, lavender palate; needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (with 6% Viognier)
(Ridge Syrah Lytton West Vineyard) Very dark purple red violet color; nice, herbal, ripe black fruit, berry nose with a touch of green peppercorn; nice tart black fruit, charcoal, tart berry, green herb palate, much better balanced than the '03; medium-plus finish (with 6% co-fermented Viognier)
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