Holding on by its little pinkies (grapes have pinkies???), but still round and flavorful. nothing missing (I think of a recent Tom/Hill/Berzerkers review of a '90 bottle that seemed stripped...to wit: "rather pencilly/cedary/Am.oak/vanilla complex finish w/ light/astringent/tired tannins; still offers up some pleasure but clearly slipping away").
Finish may be a bit short, but the flavors are all at the table and a bit rambunctious...and not a pencil to be seen...OK, so what if I prefer crayons). The American Oak is sitting up on the Back Benches, thankfully.
Opened an '07 right after, and it's easy to see the family connection.
Cherry, raspberry, leather and coffee aromas. Medium bodied, almost fully resolved. I thought this was lovely at first but it started to feel maybe a bit disjointed the more time I spent with it - I solved this problem by happily drinking it!
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(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium dark red violet color; ripe plum, spicy plum nose; tasty, mature, ripe, spicy plum, dried berry, berry syrup palate; time to drink up; medium-plus finish 92+ points (last vintage that had Zinfandel on the label; 88% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache)
(Ridge Lytton Springs) Bricking medium dark cranberry red color; maturing, mushroom, tart red plum, red currant dried berry, cigar box nose; tasty, mature, dried plum, currant, mushroom, dried cherry palate, plush but nicely mature; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (last vintage that had Zinfandel on the label; 88% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache)