Mahogany red (a trademark of mature Ridge wines I'm finding) with salmon rim. Building nose of a mature Graves - hot gravel, asphalt, tobacco, dessicated ripe red and plummy fruits. Prunish at first, then becoming tar-like. The palate echoes the nose - tobacco-laden and earthen ripe red and purple fruits. This could have been inserted as a ringer at a mature Bordeaux tasting - I kid you not - and done well. Excellent, understated, well-made, mature, intellectual and hedonistic. Kudos to Paul Draper, this is the work of a true atrisan and genius winemaker decades before his time. This bottle will last another decade, but no point in deferring gratification.
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(Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek) Bricked medium dark red violet color; aromatic, tobacco, cigar box, dried mushroom nose; silky textured, tasty, tart roasted red fruit, tobacco palate with firm, drying tannins and medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek) Group's #4 (my #6) – 57 pts; 2, 0, 1, 0 - slightly bricking very dark red violet color; musty, mushroom, dried mushroom nose; mature, tart red fruit, plum, menthol palate; short-medium finish (I guessed '80, but was thinking Cabernet or Tempranillo, not Petite)
(Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek) Group's #7 (my #8) – 51 pts.; 0, 2, 1, 1 - slightly cloudy and bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; nice, deep, herbal, bay laurel, herbal smoke and graphite nose; very tart, narrow, mature black fruit and bay laurel palate, with thin mid-palate, tannic; short finish (78% Dynamite Hill, 22% Lake)