In a word (or more) beautiful; very Bordeaux/old Spain like. Deep dark nose with soil, plum, black cherries on the nose. Long palate with dried cherries, blackberry, pepper and a sense of ripe mourvedre. Silky integrated tannins, long finish. WOW.
Jordan brought a magnum into FHE. Really nice mature dark cherries, barnyard, touch of pepper spice. Still nice body. Reductive elements. Very nice. Still living probably due to pristine storage and large format bottle.
A bit porty and overripe, with raisiny black fruit and menthol and lots of American oak notes (dill especially). Rich with soft tannin, well balanced and not especially sweet, but the fruit profile didn't really work for me. Not nearly as good as my previous experience 3 years ago.
I believe I was the outlier last night, as I didn't care for this, yet others seemed to like it. Where it went off the rails for me is that I believe it is too ripe, which lended a nail polish aromatic to the nose and an over-ripe fruit expression on the palate, jammy. I'd not tpyically think of Ridge wines in this expression but this bottle was not great and I had one taste and dumped out the rest.
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(Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs) A deep red hue with little sign of age. A big, fruity, tarry nose, which is followed by a similarly big, rich, fruit-filled palate. A full-on, powerful wine with a sweet, rounded texture. The tannins show through on the finish. Despite all this richness it has correct acidity and a good sense of balance.
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