January 13, 2019 - The first two of these that I opened were horribly disappointing, full of VA and Balsamic Vinegar notes. However tonight I got a real treat with a perfectly "on" bottle.
Nose: Very intense dark fruited nose with leather, game and herb notes. Does not fully show its age, as the wine remains dark and somewhat brooding. Palate: Plum, blackberry sauce, rosemary, raspberry, peppercorns, leather and siopce. Just a hint of sherry notes, but really just a pleasant integration. Finish: Resonant black fruit, raspberry, tobacco, sea salt, olives and herbs.
January 1, 2019 - Getting down to last bottle or so. Deliberately saved in cellar to see whether aging claims for Ridge premium zins are correct. Cork extracted well. Initial nose good. Took a while (1+ hours) on New Years Eve to taste. Gradually some mature raspberry emerged and then a little fascinating slightly "burnt" cocoa undertone. At about 3 hours, drinking well-like a mature vg aged Bordeaux. This wine was fabulous when young, a real treat in the early 2000's, and still something worth drinking now, particularly when trying to revive memories past.
November 3, 2018 - Selected for Lightning Rounds of the 2018 Zin Thing. The CT drinking window guidance was clearly way off, as this was a superb example of old Geyserville. Deep, vibrant color with only a touch of an orange edge. Complex bouquet that opened with time. Great texture and balance with dark fruit. Another great example of old Ridge Zin!
June 23, 2018 - First a confession: I like aged Ridge Ridge Zin varietals. This is very Bordeaux like-far different than most zins and very much more mellow than when young. A little fruitier, but dark, cassis, leather, mild tobacco, faded tannins. If you are patient it is great. 1/2 bottle first day, the remainder the second day. Best about 2 hours after opened but still pleasant for a little sipping on second day.
May 7, 2018 - Not your great aunts Zin... really charming blend of old vine Zinfandel, Carignan and petite Syrah. Many guessed younger Bdx or Burgundy. A touch sweet in the fruit but still pleasant melange of tobacco and cedar and savory notes. Definitely a new experience.
June 15, 2017 - Bottle had some seepage issues and some VA/balsamic notes. I am hesitant to call this flawed as the style is quite ripe. Second bottle (same source) will hopefully give a clearer picture.
August 16, 2015 - Ruby red, slight orange tint. Plenty acid and not hot. Aged bramble berries mid slight plumb on moderate finish. Last one. At Chalkboard, Project Zin 4 with Hydes
December 29, 2014 - 30+ wines in Michigan (The Goldberg's): Beautiful showing for this wine. Not quite at maturity but getting close. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, leather, and spice. More red fruit; cherries and dark cherries on the palate. Nice balance. Great juicy texture. This was 50% Zin. Just beautiful For many a WOTN.
December 10, 2014 - decanted; better after an hour; drinking very nice
April 8, 2014 - Still a bit youthful and burly with lots of brambly red fruit and some tannin, but really well balanced with bright, vibrant fruit up front that turns more savoury and earthy on the back end. Love this wine.