November 26, 2018 - 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.
August 25, 2018 - Definitely on a bit past its prime, but still drinking beautifully
January 30, 2017 - Medium-dark red with medium transparency. Aromas of pepper and raspberry. Palate has currant, pepper, thyme, raspberry, and blackberry notes with a medium finish. Polished and well integrated. May develop some interesting aged nuance, but lovely to drink now. Drink or hold.
July 25, 2015 - Was drinking better last year, but still has plenty of life. Best with rich foods.
January 5, 2015 - ruby to garnet, deep, low acid, medium body, medium finish, plums, stewed dark fruit, warm vanilla and cinnamon. close to past, tasting next to alban grenache 2004: different profile. higher acid, less fruit, lower octane
September 2, 2014 - A little past it's prime but still quite drinkable.
August 11, 2014 - Aromas of dark cherries, blackberry, vanilla, smoke and spice. Taste of blackberry, dark fruit, raspberry, smoke and spice. Interesting mineral, iron touch. Excellent Grenache very well integrated wine. Ample fruit, beautiful aromas aromas and an excellent accompaniment to smoky BBQ ribs. Great value.
April 19, 2014 - Plum, dark cherry tobacco nose. Rich fruit and smooth on palate. Drinking well now.
April 15, 2014 - Tuesday Night Double Blind <$40 (Bin 75): Semi-translucent deep rose crimson; sandalwood, medicinal cherry, green pepper, iron, warm, vanilla, licorice, acetaldehyde; dense and richer palate, softened with time but still grainy tannin, almost some sweetness, dark cherry, ripe, lower acid.
January 30, 2014 - Deliciously perfect with chicken adobo. Old vine Grenache + 6% each of Petite Sirah & Zinfandel, 18 months in American oak. Red fruit with xlnt spicy structure. Nice finish. Wish we had more.