A solid zin with lots of dark, brambly fruit, hints of pepper, baking spice and a fair amount of oak/vanilla. The palate is rich and tasty, a bit oaky for my tastes, but overall good. This has a bit less balance than most of the Ridge wines I've had in the past, maybe just in a weird place, but the oak seemed a bit heavy tonight. Overall good, but not great.
There were rather ripe aromas of macerated fruit. In the mouth there was a certain softness at first but the wine firmed up with air. There were minerally flavors of red and black fruit, appropriate acidity, and a supportive structure. The maturity came through with the cedar and wood-box infused finish. Drinking well right now.
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