2nd Annual 7 Deadly Zins tasting…well, 10 (My place, parramatta, sydney): Profound, joyous, I did not expect to find such a discernible difference but there it is. Sticks out in this line up like a canines cohonas. This has to be the Ridge Lytton Springs. All the usual stuff - berries, cherries, plums, vanilla, chocolate, spice etc. on the nose...in the mouth the wine is juicier and leaner - tauter almost...like an engine that has been finely tuned. Wonderfully balanced. Gorgeous. superb.
The Lytton Springs is so consistently good. It is vibrant and dense. Dark layered fruit. There is a certain complexity here. Brambly dark fruit, lip smacking acidity. Juicy juice. Delicious to drink but there is a sophistication about this.
Normal service resumed, rich, dark fruits - esp plums and black cherry, beautiful Yankee oak - vanilla to the fore, walked hand in hand to the sunset with barbecued veal chops and roast veg couscous. Superb
BBQ lunch at Daves (Banksia, Sydney): Plums, slight black cherry, cream vanilla, toast and hints of herbaceousness on the nose. On the palate it's plummy, black cherry savoury joy with some vanilla and slight spice. Firm but silky tannins. Yumptious.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Very dark red violet color; rich, ripe raspberry, red berry, baking spice, baked raspberry, vanilla, powdered sugar nose; rich, baked raspberry, cranberry, red berry palate with depth, rather primary now, needs 4 to 5 years; medium-plus finish (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane; 15 mos. in barrel, 21% new American oak, 48% one, two and three years old; 31% four and five years old)