Very much alive. Dense black & dark red fruits on the nose; touch of earth/savory tone there as well. Dates, craisins, and some sweetness on the palate. Nice texture. Sweet & mid-lengthed finish. Fun for dessert.
Initial whiff of VA but it blew off quickly and there was essence (yes) of crushed raspberries with a touch of vanilla and dark chocolate. This is fun stuff. Not as concentrated as a vintage Port, but holding some of the same forward fruity and chocolate notes as a young one. Good acidity and some drying tannins, and there's so much fruit that this has a long and promising future. Too bad I only have one bottle left.
Rich, grapey and spicey. Not overly sweet, which I liked, and not flabby. Noticable oak, but lusciously ripe fruit to balance the sweet oak influence. A guilty pleasure, but very enjoyable. Fun wine, but I personally would not pair this with a dessert.
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(Ridge Zinfandel California Essence Lytton Estate) From 375 ml - opaque purple red violet color; black cherry, black raspberry, coffee nose; tasty, rich, black cherry, tar, black raspberry, saline, coffee palate; long finish 91+ points