Still drinking well. Needed some air to regain fruit. It wasn't off-putting when first opened, but tasted a little flat. It gained weight after 30 minutes or so. The flavor ended up a great balance between earth and fruit. I expect the wine is beginning its downward turn, so drink 'em up if you have 'em!
Decanted for 1 hour, this tasted big, with layers of complexity. Perfumy nose of roses and berries. Tasted of dark berry jam with cinnamon spice. Nice long deep finish, tannins still nicely complementing the tart and jammy berry flavors.
Unfortunately not memorable...age has not added personality and complexity with secondary flavors on nose or palate...nice enough wine with decent size and length and not really showing it's age...positively or negatively.
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(Ridge Syrah Lytton Estate) Very dark red violet color; very appealing, Northern Rhone-like, roasted beef, tobacco, smoky nose; tasty, appealing, youthful but integrated, tart roasted black fruit, tart currant, French dip, beef brisket, ginger cake palate; long finish 93+ points with 12% Viognier; 17% in new, air-dried American oak; 50% in 2 & 3 yr old barrels, rest in 5 yr old barrels)
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