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Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2012
A vineyard blend that included 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 4% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Meaty, funky and ripe, with intense fruit, lots of earthy, barnyard accents, and a long, tannic finish. This is old style Zin, no holds barred, with full-throttle flavors for aficionados.Add winemaker's notes
The nose showed red wild berries, a dusting of cinnamon sugar, hints of minerals and herbs, and a whiff of dark baker’s chocolate. On the palate, it was beautifully balanced and elegant with a firm start and juicy finish. Ripe red and blue fruits went from sweet to tart as it flowed across the palate. The finish was long and spicy.
A little black cherry and dark chocolate on the nose. Hint of blackberry. Nice cherry and a little raisin on the palate. I find if I sip it slowly and let it linger for a bit the raisin stands out a bit more. All in all very nice. For the price though I've found a few others that are just as good for half the cost. I've had some Marietta's that I found very similar. In fact that was my first thought upon my very first taste. I've had quite a few Marietta Old Vine Reds that taste almost exactly like this, and considering that I can get one of those for $10 I'd have to say that I'd almost give that a higher rating. The wine itself is quite good, I just feel that you're paying more for the name on the label with this one. My rating is based entirely on the quality of the wine, but if price were also a consideration I'd probably drop it by one glass.
I really like this bottle. Needs to be decanted just a little before drinkink. It shapes up very nicely. It's got a plum purple color. Smell is simple - spicy & light fruit. Initial attack: it sticks to the front of your toungue and rolls back tartly into a spicy long finsh which continues thoughout. This would be awsome with some steamed spinach and steak.
This is a fantastic bottle of zin!!! This is a 92% zin and 8% petite sirah blend and the 8% petite sirah makes a big contribution adding muscle and additional depth. Lots of spice and white pepper notes in this well balanced bottle.
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A vineyard blend that included 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 4% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Meaty, funky and ripe, with intense fruit, lots of earthy, barnyard accents, and a long, tannic finish. This is old style Zin, no holds barred, with full-throttle flavors for aficionados.
Bright ruby-red. Complex, deeply pitched aromas of sappy blackberry, dark chocolate, game, leather and earth. Very full and ripe in the mouth, but with a captivating sappy quality. Flavors of dark berries, violet and spice are lifted by a peppery nuance. In a distinctly sweeter style, and more harmonious than usual at this stage of its evolution. Big, deep and impressively structured; finishes with substantial but ripe tannins. A superb showing.
A walk on the wild side, with earthy, funky sour cherry, tar and jammy notes. Offers plenty of depth, but the flavors keep you off balance. Best to cellar short term and keep your fingers crossed. Best form 2003 through 2008.
Another Ridge classic, the deep ruby/purple-colored 1998 Litton Springs (14.3% alcohol; 77% zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 4% Matero, 2% Carignan and 1% Alicante) boasts a sweet nose of briery fruit intermixed with red and black currants, minerals, pepper and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, with dried Provenccedil;al herb characteristics that emerge with airing, this fleshy, beautifully pure, and stunningly proportioned Zinfandel can be drunk now as well as over the next 5ndash;6 years.
The 1996 Lytton Springs Red Wine (78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan and 1% Grenache) possesses 14.5% alcohol. It boasts the sweetest, jammiest nose, as well as a healthy dark ruby/purple color, full body, robust, chewy flavors, and the best length of these offerings. This expansively-flavored wine should drink well for 5ndash;6 years.
Without the stamp of one particular varietal, this wine manages to provide complex, well-integrated, spicy plum and wild berry and taosty, cedary oak. A touch hot on the finish, but itrsquo;s rich and intense, with lots of power and flavor. Drink now through 2003. A blend: 78 percent Zinfandel, 19 percent Petite Sirah, 2 percent Carignane, 1 percent Grenache.
A whiff of juicy wild berry and balsamic commingles with a touch of prune, floral and wild berry flavors. A zesty, spirited wine with intensity and suppleness, finishing with a touch of cedar, charcoal and smoky wood. Firmly tannic. Drink now through 2009.
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