Popped and decanted for sediment. Huge nose of slightly reduced, jammy raspberries and currants with a bit of clove and sweet spices. Black cherry and black plums on the palate with a touch of black pepper. Silky smooth mouthfeel, good acidity, fine tannins and a long finish. Amazing showing for a 20 year old wine. The moral of the story is to buy more Ridge and let it age.
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.
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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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