Reminded me of an Old Vine Zin with that back end "sweetness" and at 15%+ alcohol it felt hot and a little Jammy upfront. Still, compared to the 03 Ridge Ponzo I opened a few nights back, much bramblier, and in some ways even younger (could that be possible?). The Ponzo improved considerably over the ensuing week, I can only wonder what this might become..... See below
A faint, somewhat alcoholic blackberry jam nose. Sweet blackberry jam flavors with a big hit of warm spice and a touch of garrigue. Very velvety mature tannins add lots of texture. A lovely mature Zin, probably at its peak.
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(RIDGE INDEPENDENCE SCHOOL ZINFANDEL) 15.4% alcohol, BIG boy, COLOR-pitch black; NOSE-jammy, black currant, rich, blueberry, clove, mint; TASTE-if you want new world flavor w/ power & complexity--this is the wine, huge blue & black fruit, Asian spice, tobacco, tabasco on the finish "one of the finest $25 bottlles of California wine I've tasted in a long time". GV-92
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