Upon open a little funk but 15 minutes later opened to some nice red fruit a little raisin with tannins integrated well. Perfect ruby color with only the slightest bricking. Give it up to Ridge. Not sure of provenance or how kept came from an estate basement. Opened with Ah so, cork little soft came out in pretty good shape. A really beautiful example of a vintage Ridge Zinfandel. SO glad I found it. I would drink soon....why not!
Still in pretty good shape, with a palate of dried red fruits, licorice and spice; Tannins are fully resolved and I imagine this won't improve with any more age, although is still holding up quite well
All black raspberries on the nose with some licorice on the palate. Lush attack, mentholated, tart, silky and resolved, spicy finish. There are sweet flavors of black raspberry jam, but with a totally dry mouthfeel (not thick, cloying, oozy, etc.). As such, tastes like a black tea with raspberry. This is much better than other bottles I've had of this wine. Not complex, nor deep, just drinking lovely in a light-bodied and refreshing package that is so rare for zinfandel. A crowd-pleaser.
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium dark red color with pale meniscus; nice dried currant, dried red berry, cigar box, tobacco nose; tasty, sexy, complex, plush tart red fruit, dried currant, dried red berry, cranberry tart raspberry palate with good balance; medium-plus finish (1st year just designated as Lytton Springs, without Zinfandel appearing in title; 85% Zinfandel in a vineyard blend with 8% Petite Sirah, 3% Carignane, 2% Alicante and 2% Grenache; 25% new American oak, 25% one-year-old, and the rest between two and six years old)