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#502 Post by Craig G »

I had a 2014 Estate Cab last week. That’s the one that had the high oak treatment for undisclosed reasons (as far as I know). I was happy with how integrated it seemed. Two years ago it was very tasty but pretty overtly oaky. Now it just seems tasty.
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#503 Post by joeduncan »

2006 Old School Zinfandel. Not bad, with moderate acidity still, but I'd guess it as being a bit over the hill for my preference.

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#504 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Had the 88 Devils Hill PS with Backroads Bob Summers in our house last weekend. Wine showed magnificently and was youthful with easily appreciated tannins.

Delicious, among the best bottles this year.
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#505 Post by joeduncan »

2008 Lytton Springs, drinking very nicely right now. Floral nose, medium weight red fruit, menthol, and licorice, with medium acid and a long finish that sees the floral note returning. Much better than the 2006 Old School Zinfandel from last night.

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#506 Post by Rich Brown »

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: September 17th, 2019, 5:11 pm Had the 88 Devils Hill PS with Backroads Bob Summers in our house last weekend. Wine showed magnificently and was youthful with easily appreciated tannins.

Delicious, among the best bottles this year.
Nice Glenn - 2nd strong note I've read lately on Devils Hill PS from the 80s. I have a bottle of 1980 that I'm pretty pumped to open - prob sometime this fall.

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#507 Post by Pat Esposito »

Brought this to Press in St Helena last week, had it was some great NY Strips. Took about 90 minutes to really open up, when it did it was very nice. Graceful, long finish. Fruit was a bit tired, but still present. Tasted a few tables on it, and everyone really enjoyed.
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#508 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Well done sir.

Had the 11 MB from 375 last night. Poured into three Zalto Universals for 2.5 hours to savor after dinner as Autumn had arrived. Ready to go, fully enjoyable if you can handle the chewy tannins.

One of my favorite No-PV vintages.
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Opened one of many '14 Geezers in my cellar Wednesday night to go with Dayton Ohio's most excellent Flying Pizza Sicilian (Fly-Pie as the locals call it).
This might well be my death-row meal.
The '14 is drinking beautifully now and will for many years to come. Powerful, graceful, intriguing, delicious. The oak may stand out for Alfert, but not for me.
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#510 Post by L.Cole »

Picked up a ‘17 Lytton Springs recently at Total Wine. Consumed over 4 days. (Fridge and no preservation) This was quite good from the start. Definitely fruit forward for a Ridge. Over the course of 4 days the tannins picked up slightly each day. Day 4 had a healthy dose of drying tannins on the finish. Fruit may have faded slightly if any. Best on day 4 for me. Pop and pour or decant for a few hours. Either way it’s good.
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MitchTallan wrote: September 28th, 2019, 7:08 am Opened one of many '14 Geezers in my cellar Wednesday night to go with Dayton Ohio's most excellent Flying Pizza Sicilian (Fly-Pie as the locals call it).
This might well be my death-row meal.
The '14 is drinking beautifully now and will for many years to come. Powerful, graceful, intriguing, delicious. The oak may stand out for Alfert, but not for me.
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Robert is strangely immune to Geyservil ... l Rolland.

Indubiously, particularly if you tell his it is Lascombes.
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Someone brought a '16 Monte Bello to our harvest picnic today, so I was forced to drink some. Not shut down yet, so very expressive and enjoyable, firm tannins.
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I always hate it when people force me to drink Monte Bello.
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2009 Geyserville was just where I like them last night.

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#516 Post by Michael Manix »

I had a 2013 Estate cab a few weeks ago which was fantastic so I thought I'd open another Ridge over the weekend.

2011 Geyserville

Flawed.

There was a distracting, hard edge to the wine that I couldn't get past. Wondering if this bottle was a victim of premature aging or slightly corked. I have more and hoping these bottles are sound.

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2011 was a tough, tough vintage in Sonoma. I haven't had this vintage of Geyserville so I'm just speculating.

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Anyone had the 07 Estate Cabernet of late? How's it drinking?
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#520 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

06 & 11 MB from 375 ml last night with corn-finished, flat irons and great organic sweet potatoes.

06 has PV in there and it’s been glorious awhile in small format. Last night no different.

11 is sans PV and it’s quite good too, but for me missing something when tasted next to a great vintage.
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#521 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

This was just stunning. So fragrant, bracing and tannic the first hour it was open. One of the 1/2 dozen best aged Zinfandels I’ve ever had, rivals Ridge 87 Trentadue as the best Ridge Zin I’ve enjoyed.
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Glenn L e v i n e wrote: March 22nd, 2020, 10:35 am This was just stunning. So fragrant, bracing and tannic the first hour it was open. One of the 1/2 dozen best aged Zinfandels I’ve ever had, rivals Ridge 87 Trentadue as the best Ridge Zin I’ve enjoyed.

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Nice Glenn. As I mentioned in the other thread, I had a similar experience with an 80 Howell Mountain zin a little while back. Amazing how well most of the older Ridge zins have aged.

Side note, can't say I'm familiar with Stout Vineyard. Quick Cellar Tracker search shows this was a 1-off for Ridge, and the only zin listed ever from the vineyard. The rest are all Duckhorn cabs and merlots. Anyone know much about this vineyard? If I was a betting man, my money would be on the old zin vines being torn out and replanted with cab/merlot.

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#523 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Perfect cork, this wine doesn’t display the energy the 81 Stout did a few weeks ago but is still very enjoyable. Considerable ‘old-wine’ stink that would swirl away. Red/blue fruit and it took air time for the tannins to become more appreciable.

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#524 Post by Matthew.Rashbrook »

We celebrated the first birthday of my wife's practice last night with a 2013 Monte Bello.

I sometimes rate a wine in terms of how many bottles I would buy if I had my initial purchase to do over again, or how much of it my wife would buy before I said, "Ok, I think we have enough of this."

For this 2013 MB, I gave a new peak rating: "You will never buy an amount of this that I will say is 'too much.' I defy you." flirtysmile

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2015 Geyserville ... young but delicious with atypical Easter dinner lasagna.
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We opened a 2002 Ridge Monte Bello last weekend. Decanted for 2+ hours before serving. To me, this is just entering it's drinking window. Not the biggest Monte Bello, but extremely well-balanced, with black fruits and a little dill on the palate, with a nice mix of tannin and acidity on the finish. We have a few more, and I will look to hold off on these for at least a couple of more years. If you have a lot of these, open one and enjoy!

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My first Ridge Monte Bello, a 2004, as a treat for my birthday stuck at home. Decanted an hour. Dark magenta color. Early on I got the scent of dill, but this settled into an elegant nose of black currants. More dark fruit, blackberry on the palate, hints of vanilla and cocoa and wet stone on the slightly chewy finish. Medium body, perfect balance, restrained 13.2%. In a great spot, but no rush. Just fine with Flannery steak.

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#528 Post by Bryan Price »

Just finished the last of my 2015 Geyser. Man that wine is delicious. I'm not normally a Zin guy but they get that blend just right. Ordered a half case of the 2018 on the recommendations in the forums. I'm not quite as much of an AFWE guy, I like the vintages with more fruit.
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#529 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

MikeHill wrote: May 3rd, 2020, 10:32 pm My first Ridge Monte Bello, a 2004, as a treat for my birthday stuck at home. Decanted an hour. Dark magenta color. Early on I got the scent of dill, but this settled into an elegant nose of black currants. More dark fruit, blackberry on the palate, hints of vanilla and cocoa and wet stone on the slightly chewy finish. Medium body, perfect balance, restrained 13.2%. In a great spot, but no rush. Just fine with Flannery steak.
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#530 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

2015 Lytton Springs. Tasty with some Flannery hanger steak. More enjoyable than the 2015 Geyserville IMHO.
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: May 23rd, 2020, 7:23 pm 2015 Lytton Springs. Tasty with some Flannery hanger steak. More enjoyable than the 2015 Geyserville IMHO.
Had the 2012 Geyserville, good not great, a bit of stewed fruit throughout.

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For the Flannery-fest tonight we opened a 2004 York Creek Zin. Very good, surprisingly youthful for a 16 year old bottle.
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#533 Post by Scott Jameson »

2003 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah (an ATP wine). The back label note, from John and Paul, anticipates full development between 2015 and now. As is typical, that's very conservative. It's still an opaque, dark purple in color. The tannins are mostly resolved and red fruits - plum ?- are showing nicely. Not as "spicy" as I expected, this is rich and full bodied. Drinking very nicely now, and I wouldn't be in a hurry to drink if I had another bottle.

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#534 Post by K Kl@dder »

2014 Geyserville - still some tannins to it, but developing nicely. Can't go wrong with popping one now or holding for later.
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2002 Paso Robles Zin (Dusi Ranch) - 100% Zin, 14.4 alc. This bottle was in an ideal spot. The texture on it was amazing. No rough edges, perfectly balanced. My friends and I were stunned as to how good it was.

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#536 Post by M. Dildine »

Later this evening, a '10 Geyserville. Cork popped and it smells luscious.
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Earlier this week 2018 estate chardonnay. Consumed over the course of three days the modulation of textures and tones was equally impressive and lovely. A toasty nose with high tones of lemon, pear complimenting scents of freshly risen bread baked with honey.
This had a long, progressive finish constituted of notes that draw from otherwise fleeting states of freshness and warmth. Like grabbing something set on a window to cool. A bit of salted butter that's both rich while also being light and delicately constructed.

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2014 York Creek Petite Sirah. Drinking really well!
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2017 Pagani the other night. Drinking really well young. Great balance of ripeness and structure.

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2017 Three Valleys and 2018 Geyserville, good (and great!) with smoked pulled pork.

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#543 Post by John Kight »

Drank the 2002 Lytton Springs the other night. Maybe my cellar is too cold, but it really wasn't all that different from a recent 2015 version....same basic profile, just softer fruit and slightly less sweet. (Much better than a 2001 I had about a year ago, which also didn't taste like an old, mature wine, but which really was completely uninteresting, unexpressive and without the typical Lytton Springs "Zin-iness").

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It was my turn to pour for my weekly Zoom group. I opened 2002, 2004, 2009-11 Mazzoni Home Ranch. It was really fun and interesting. They were poured into 4 oz bottles on Sunday and we tasted on Monday. Standard drill for us. The favorites were 04 and 11. 04 had the highest Petite Sirah component (5%). All the others 1-2%. 04 was a complete wine, balance and silk. 11 was the cold, rainy vintage in the Sonoma region. That one clocked in at only 13.8% alc. Also, the only wine with more Carignane than Zin. It definitely had a different profile than the others. Although still compelling enough and having sweet fruit notes, 02 had some ethyl acetate (nail polish). It was also the only one with 15+ alc (15.3%). The other three wines, 14.6-7%. Except for 02, the others got better as the evening progressed.

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Was my grey capsule an anomaly?
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TimF wrote: August 26th, 2020, 8:50 am Was my grey capsule an anomaly?
Nope, they've been using the matte grey caplsules on Three Valleys for some time. They had previously used them for their Sonoma Station and Coast Range wines.

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#547 Post by Uli K. »

2011 Triangle Block Carignane, Old Vines, Geyserville. This is drinking exceptionally well right now. Spice on the nose, red fruit and herbs on the palate. Medium bodied, good acidity, robust tannins that mellowed after a couple of hours - plenty of life left. A positive surprise. Went great with a roasted tomato garlic risotto, and nice on its own with some air. Hope I can backfill.

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#548 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

03 Del Carlo, Teldeschi Dry Creek fruit. Just delicious 💯 % Zinfandel.

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#549 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Ho Lee Fuk, this was incredible. Shortest cork I think I ever pulled from any domestic bottle. Poured ruby-lite red and lots of cherries in the nose initially.

Over 2 hours this wine, aborn when I was studying for the MCAT, gained depth, darkness, energy and complexity.

Step-son and I saved a little and sat to watch the Korean film, The Host, when he looked at me and said “this wine is still peaking”; this, two hours after the short cork was pulled.

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#550 Post by Larry Stein »

Yesterday, it was the last day for an employee who had worked for Ridge for 46 years in the tasting room (with an 8 year break in the middle). Paul Draper showed up after our shift was over to hang out for a bit. The following were opened. Paul said the MB1 designation refers to Picchetti Ranch (even if the bottle says Jimsomare). ??? It was more interesting than really good, but it wasn't dead. 1978 was surprisingly fine. I've never been much of a fan of Ridge's late harvest Zins, but this was an exception. York Creek Cab Franc was terrific!
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