One of the best Zinfandels I've ever had. Served blind, I guessed a 15-year-old mountain Cab. Lots black fruit, plenty of graphite and chocolate, no sign of the Ridge American oak. It's rich with great depth through the midpalate and still surprisingly structured. Right up there with the 1991 Geyserville, although completely different in style.
Terrific showing. Almost precisely like a very, very high quality CA merlot; chocolate, mint, great acid, a seamless, balanced bottle with a full midpalate and just the right amount of remaining structure on the finish. Unrecognizable as zin, of course, but still super wine. The American oak is completely integrated. I understand many of these vines have been replaced with Cab that now goes into the "Klein" bottling, and that's a darn shame.
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