Medium garnet-red color. Teasing amounts of spearmint, leather, cows' milk and musty wood sit in front of slightly overripe dark fruits. On arrival, negligible tannin, low acidity. In the mouth, plum and raspberry fruit, with decent mint and mushroom. Nice finish. A fine food wine whose strength is its aromaticity and which worked quite well with Beef Wellington. Bottle #1 of one, from magnum.
Blind Tasting 1978 - 1990 Ridge Zinfandels (Rich & Peggy's House, Los Altos, CA): Moderate bricking. I thought this was clearly corked on the nose and stayed that way throughout the tasting. Some agreed but others (including much more experienced tasters than I) disagreed and said it was mustiness that blew off. I will say that the palate had young, ripe cherry fruit and a bit of tobacco, so the TCA wasn't overpowering enough to kill those flavors. I stand by my corked assessment though. (my 8th, group's 7th)
popped and poured. color dark ruby with brown edges. couldn't get much out of nose except some oak. palate was soft but seemed tired to me. finish was medium with soft oak tannins. this would have been great with a steak, but didn't have one handy.
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(Ridge Geyserville) Group's #4 (my #7) – 100 pts.; 0, 1, 1, 6 - bricking, medium dark red violet color; super mature, funky nose that blows off after 40 minutes, charcoal, with possible touch of TCA; very mature, tart cherry, tart currant, chocolate palate with grainy, drying tannins; medium finish