opened by R&C on rib night, this had been decanted before we arrived so it was at least a couple of hours by the time we got to it. Aromas of plum and prunes dominate the bouquet and palate. Pepper and spice notes come in on the finish but the fruit remains overly ripe- unusual for Ridge in my experience.
After another 2 years since the last time we opened a bottle this is still amazing. The nose is full of dark black cherry and the palate is all fresh dark fruit. This is much rounder now with the acidity giving way to a more supple mouth feel although the overall balance is still there. None of the overly jammy flavors, just alot of up front cherries some subtle spice, and a bit of earthiness. Definitely one of the best zins we've had, unfortunately this is our last bottle.
With grilled Porterhouse, roast carrots, baked potato. Opened shortly before drinking, ran through Vinturi. Crimson, no longer opaque - lightning a bit at the rim. Dark fruit nose, raspberry, maybe a reminiscence of vanilla. Dry, some tannin left, mid-weight to mid-full body, fruit balanced nicely by some acid, nice finish moving from cherry to blueberry.
Medium-dark red color; limited transparency. Aromas of roasted cherry, cherry, raspberry, and vanilla. Palate shows lush cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, vanilla, and a hint of earth on a medium finish with slightly chalky tannins. This is drinking beautifully now to my tastes. Drink.
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