October 8, 2021 - Long slow ox followed by 2 hour decant. Drinking just fine. These need bottle age and then lots of air to come around. Berries, mushrooms, rich but light.
August 16, 2021 - Mid neck fill. Blackish color in glass with fading rims. Nice tobacco bouquet. Good body on palate with warm tannins and acidity but fading obvious. Lingering finish. Slightly past prime Softens with aeration. Traces of fine sediment coat the inside of bottle. Drink soon.
April 28, 2020 - 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.
September 12, 2019 - Three Wines From Three Continents (Private Event): Cellared properly since release. Double decanted around 10am and taken to a tasting. 14.5% ABV. tasted in a flight with 2 other syrah's from around the globe. Light to medium garnet crimson. Fragrant nose, spicy, floral and with a whiff of alcohol but also vanilla and black cherry. Medium+ acidity and medium- tannin. Leaner than the other 2 Syrah's but no less interesting. Shows red fruit like cherry and crushed red berries as well as menthol in textured layers , Finish is delicious and round with stony minerals. Only thing that hold this back from being the best of the flight is that little bit of alcohol that is a bit too obvious.
January 20, 2019 - Definitely needs time to breathe/decanting
November 18, 2018 - Wow! Be sure to let this breathe 30 min. Forrest taste was strawberry, which morphed to black pepper and darker fruits. Well-balanced. Great accompaniment to pork sugo w pasta and broccolini w garlic.
July 1, 2018 - Fruit is starting to fade. Still very drinkable and yummy, but need to consume the rest of these.
May 28, 2018 - Bold an powerful. Tasted a little acidic. Paired w ribs.
March 15, 2018 - Always nice to get a bottle that's right in its prime. Everything has come together at this stage - the jammy fruit that stuck out too much when this was younger has mellowed out but remains bright and flavorful, with juicy red and black fruits hiding a bit in the nose (which is dominated by game, forest floor, tobacco, toast and black pepper) but providing a strong introduction on the palate. Tannins are robust but completely rounded out, giving a nicely silky character to the full body. Acidity measures up to the fruit, and the finish lingers for a long time with game, cocoa and coffee. Alcohol is prominent and just a bit out of balance, leaving this just short of outstanding.
January 20, 2018 - Disappointing: not balanced. Acidic. Served w lamb chops.