Tasting Notes for missionpk

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2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Tasting very good.
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Very good. Seemed a bit more "interesting" than the 2011 "En Haut". More structure. More intense flavors. Maybe not quite as perfect as a food pairing wine, but also maybe more enjoyable on its own.
Red
I found this enjoyable. It isn't that complex, but it does remind me of a lot of fun S France wines. Of course, those wines are often a lot cheaper, even imported, but it is still fun to taste a good local version.
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Red
Very pleasant and balanced. Would be incredible as a restaurant wine, as it is pretty much exactly what I'd want if I paid the $$$ to buy a 10yr old Pinot at a restaurant. Tasty and light and would complement almost anything.
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2008 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/3/2021 - missionpk Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasting really good. Feels mature. Soft. Smooth. This bottle wasn't stored optimally, especially early, so it could be more advanced than some.
Red
Still quite young. Lots of structure. Good fruit. Needs a bit of air. Very nice.
Red
2017 Big Basin Vineyards Odeon Santa Cruz Mountains Red Blend (view label images)
11/7/2020 - missionpk Likes this wine:
92 points
Very young, but that doesn’t stop it from tasting great right now.
Red
Enjoyable, young, and complex.
Red
Very nice. Full, but not overpowering. Still feels light. Some nice flavor and some very nice texture.
Red
8/15/2020 - missionpk wrote:
On the big fruit side, but still quite tasty.
Red
Really nice. Young, but already quite balanced.
Red
Very tasty. Still quite fruit forward.
Red
Very good. Remarkably light and easy to drink.
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Red
Really showing well. My favorite older Ridge ATP Rhône in a while. Definitely has the usual Ridge oak notes, but plenty of structure and fruit left to balance it nicely.
Red
Enjoyed this a lot. Light and spicy.
Red
Really enjoyed this. Doesn’t even really taste mature, just a bit dialed down from early on when it was a bit big.
Red
Has improved with age. Not quite as hot as it was when young and yet the basic Ridge oak/structure hasn’t diminished at all. Not necessarily that much grenache-ness to it now, but a very enjoyable aged Ridge wine. Improved with air.
Red
A really good light wine.
Red
In a good spot. No interesting new notes due to age, but it has mellowed out nicely while still keeping the good tasty fruit.
Red
In a good spot. Impressive longevity for a 14+% Syrah. Have one bottle left and not in any particular hurry.
Red
Tasting good. Nice acidity and good fruit. Held up well over a couple days.
Red
Showing really good. Still some nice tannins and just enjoyable.
White
This was difficult when it was first sold and it is still difficult.
Red
12/14/2018 - missionpk Likes this wine:
93 points
In a very good spot.
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White
Very tasty. Lots of flavor. Not much acidity.
Red
In a good spot. Didn’t notice the smoke and had forgotten about the whole brouhaha until I started reading the notes. As noted in many notes, this is darker and more understated than most WS wines.
Red
The Ur-Ridge ATP wine. Distinctive oak and slightly boozy, but very tasty. Grenache, unlike Zin or Syrah, doesn’t add much flavor of its own to get in the way of the Ridge-ness. The bottle states, uncharacteristicly, that the wine would be best in the first 5 years (<2013). Still holding strong, though, and this bottle wasn’t stored all that carefully.
Red
2013 Copain P2 Anderson Valley Red Blend (view label images)
Really tasty. Still a great light refreshing wine.
Red
The 15.4% alcohol is obvious, but, after a bit of air, the fruit and tannins are still strong enough to make it interesting. Still tastes like a basic Ridge Zin with some extra heat.
Red
Light, tasty, and balanced. Sort of amazing how it is able to be this light and yet completely hide the 14.2%.
Red
Even young, this was basically sugar, fruit, and alcohol. To the extent that it worked, it depended on the fruit being lush enough to make the sugar palatable. The couple times I tried it young, it was hit or miss whether it worked or not and could change over a glass, let alone a bottle, as temperature changed and your body adjusted to the sugar. When it worked, it was fun. When it didn’t, it was undrinkable.

Not working today and glad this is my last bottle.
Red
Still showing some good light fruit, though the alc seems to be showing through a bit more than when the wine was younger. Very tasty.
Red
Not much experience with this wine, but drinks as advertised. Great tasty fruit in a light wine. Not really much obvious acidity or tannins, but the fruit is very clean.
Red
Enjoyed this a lot. Relatively big, but not overwhelming and has some nice tannins to back it up.
Red
8/19/2017 - missionpk Likes this wine:
92 points
Very tasty right now. Light. Good fruit. Clean. Some structure to last, but very nice now. Compared to the ‘13 Monument Tree, this is much more enjoyable young.
Red
8/18/2017 - missionpk wrote:
flawed
Could be bottle variation, but way too much VA for my taste.
Red
2014 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From 375ml. I get a few 375ml bottles specifically so I can open a bottle early and not feel too bad about it. This vintage seems a bit more approachable early than recent vintages, but it is still overwhelming. Big fruit that is very tasty and complex. Good structure for a long life, but the fruit dominates now. Fun to taste if you get a chance, but it is too big and interesting to really pair well with food at this stage.
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Rosé
3/26/2017 - missionpk wrote:
This appears to be a Whole Foods direct import, though I can't find any direct info on the wine. Uses a glass stopper and is pretty good as a basic Provence Rosé. Not that acidic, but has some of the stickiness(?) that I associate with Provence.
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Red
3/21/2017 - missionpk wrote:
From 500ml. Big. Not quite as structured as previous Horseshoe Syrah vintages, but still some very nice fruit and enough structure to hold it. Showed a bit sweet/rich on the second day.
Red
2012 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly Santa Cruz Mountains Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/6/2017 - missionpk Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable. Not much obvious structure, but some nice fruit. Needs to be paired a bit carefully, as it can come across as a bit sweet.
Rosé
2015 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
Enjoyable. Quite a bit of texture and depth for a fun easy (and relatively cheap) rosé.
Red
5/1/2016 - missionpk wrote:
91 points
I've been working out my Maison Ilan concerns with this wine and I can't say that I know what is going on, though I am encouraged. All I can say is that the first couple bottles I opened were very difficult and later bottles have been very good. I'm not sure if this is a travel issue or what. Either way, these last bottles have been genuinely good and feel like a wine that could age well. Probably will be saving the rest of my MI wines for (much) later, but I'm glad I had the chance to work things through with this wine.
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Red
3/23/2016 - missionpk wrote:
A bit awkward. Some bright fruit and acidity (and pairs well with food), but not all that well integrated and might actually improve with a bit of age.
Red
Still very young. Well balanced fruit, tannins, and acidity. No hurry.
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