• king-bing wrote:

    May 1, 2021 - This was lovely. What I thought would be heavy was superbly light and energetic. A total joy.

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  • Somm David T Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 25, 2020 - Haven’t opened a lot of Ridge lately but, have over my life. Still have not opened a bad bottle of Ridge. Not even one corked.

    I also learned a long time ago, never open Ridge reds young.

    The nose reveals, ruby, candied, spice driven, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries & creamy raspberries. White pepper, dark, medium spice, anise to black licorice, vanilla, clove, touch of nutmeg, alcohol vapors, mixed berry cola, dark, rich, turned earth, grey volcanics, limestone, dry, crushed rocks with bright, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals framed with in soft field of violets & lavender.

    The palate is rounding up to its peak but, it is still ascending. The tension, structure, length & balance have started their prime integration. The tannins have round, tarry, meaty baby teeth. Ruby, candied, spice driven, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries & creamy raspberries. White pepper, dark, medium spice, anise to black licorice, vanilla, clove, touch of nutmeg, alcohol vapors, mixed berry cola, sweet tarriness, used, French expresso grounds, moist clay, warm, well done toast, touch herbaceous tree sap with bark, eucalyptus, some mint, dark, rich, turned earth, grey volcanics, limestone, dry, crushed rocks & top soil, oak barrel shavings with bright, candied; dark, red, purple & blue florals framed with in soft field of violets & lavender. The acidity is round & refreshing. The long, well balanced, ruby, lush, elegant finish loads as juicy fruits rounding into a great combination of earth & spice persisting for days.

    Not quite the perfect pizza pairing but, the evening was put together last minute & I wanted to open the 97 Phelps Syrah. This was my back up bottle in case the 97 hadn’t held up. Somehow, the Ridge got opened as well. I hate it when that happens.

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  • KVM wrote:

    August 16, 2020 - subdued, soft, pillowy, almost lush.

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  • grapenomad wrote: 92 points

    July 28, 2020 - Ridge is always bang on with the quality. This Lytton Springs shouldn't be excluded from that statement. Lots of development on the '06, but lots of life left here as well. Some rich fruit concentrations is accompanied by notes of cigar, licorice, dried figs and orange peel. Tannins are expressed, but fine with an acidity just right to keep everything bright. Long, dry finish.

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  • bgriffi1 Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 16, 2020 - Was excellent. Lots of life left in this wine. Great balance of fruit and tannin.

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  • vinhonotte wrote: 88 points

    April 12, 2020 - Cellaraid Discovery Box; 5/19/2017-5/26/2021 (Delivered to Home): Deep ruby core with a bit of garnet fading edges. A developed nose, with quite a bit of dried roses, cocoa, nutmeg, meat stew, and a rather weird heaty volatility, even somewhat caramelised. High tannins, an overload of alcohol heat which distracted, with lots of nutmeg and paprika spices, tar, bits of ripe blackberry, mint and cocoa. Yes I guess the finish was long, but that was almost only a roasted caramel chocolate, and a bit of flowers

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  • rossi.wine wrote: 92 points

    February 17, 2020 - Expressive and open on the nose - notes of liquorice, dark fruit, spices. Concentrated and generous. On the palate well balanced, good density and concentration, fresh, nicely structured, good length. Drink or keep, no rush. 91-93

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  • timewithwine wrote:

    January 1, 2020 - Oh, my goodness! What a nose and what a palate! Popped an poured without any slo-ox, and yet the color is a youthful, full-on maroon at the core. Ample Draper perfume, molasses, rhubarb, plum and spice (cinnamon) on the nose. Plum, molasses, brown sugar, and rhubarb, followed by brambles and blackberry on the palate. Fully resolved tannins. The mouthfeel is almost velvety; rich and full bodied, but with excellent balance. I can’t imagine that this will continue to improve, yet it has sufficient structure to hold its own for several years. 80% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah and 4% Carignane. Some slight sediment. 14.7% alc. With Valdeon, champignon and an Italian farm cheese with peppered rind and crusty bread from the Wmsbg Cheese Shoppe (the Valdeon worked only if the Coleman’s mustard and ham was on the bread as well). Recommended, but leaning strongly toward Highly Recommended.

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  • Ardross Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 23, 2019 - Another very lovely bottle as for two previous notes

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  • empire80 Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 27, 2019 - My last bottle from 12 and probably the best yet. The initial drinking window suggested was hopelessly young, and the wine was at that stage frankly underwhelming. But with 10+ years this has really come into its own, with some fading fruit, rich black olive and gentle spice, and a hint of licorice on the finish - beautifully balanced!

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