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.
This is really good right now. Full, sweet mouthfeel with plenty of cherry and black fruit, but without being overly jammy or over cloying. Long, smooth pleasant finish. Enjoy now, or over the next year or so.
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