Which RIDGE are you drinking?

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Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

#501 Post by Andrew Demaree » September 16th, 2019, 8:49 pm

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Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

#502 Post by Craig G » September 16th, 2019, 10:50 pm

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 » September 17th, 2019, 9:26 am

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 » 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.
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#505 Post by joeduncan » September 17th, 2019, 8:12 pm

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 » September 19th, 2019, 8:03 am

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
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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 » September 19th, 2019, 10:42 am

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 » September 28th, 2019, 6:57 am

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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#509 Post by MitchTallan » 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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#510 Post by L.Cole » September 28th, 2019, 9:32 am

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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#511 Post by Craig G » September 29th, 2019, 1:47 am

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.
Robert is strangely immune to Geyserville oak, but if you serve it blind and tell him it’s Bordeaux, you’ll get a 45 minute rant about Michel Rolland.
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#512 Post by MitchTallan » September 29th, 2019, 5:18 am

Robert is strangely immune to Geyservil ... l Rolland.

Indubiously, particularly if you tell his it is Lascombes.

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#513 Post by Wes Barton » September 29th, 2019, 7:26 pm

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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#514 Post by AlexS » September 30th, 2019, 6:19 pm

I always hate it when people force me to drink Monte Bello.
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#515 Post by Charles Weiss » September 30th, 2019, 7:20 pm

2009 Geyserville was just where I like them last night.

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#516 Post by Michael Manix » December 10th, 2019, 6:49 am

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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#517 Post by Larry Stein » December 10th, 2019, 7:16 am

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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#518 Post by Jeff_M. » December 10th, 2019, 8:27 am

Heading there for a tasting right before Christmas. Can't wait!
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#519 Post by Peter C. » December 11th, 2019, 2:12 pm

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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 » February 21st, 2020, 4:44 pm

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 » 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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#522 Post by Rich Brown » March 22nd, 2020, 2:38 pm

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 » April 5th, 2020, 8:48 am

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 » April 5th, 2020, 11:09 am

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."

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#525 Post by P Turk » April 12th, 2020, 6:09 pm

2015 Geyserville ... young but delicious with atypical Easter dinner lasagna.
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#526 Post by Ed Steinway » April 30th, 2020, 7:13 pm

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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#527 Post by MikeHill » 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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#528 Post by Bryan Price » May 23rd, 2020, 12:36 pm

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 » May 23rd, 2020, 3:26 pm

MikeHill wrote:
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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.
This has been great out of 375s for awhile now.
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#530 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » May 23rd, 2020, 7:23 pm

2015 Lytton Springs. Tasty with some Flannery hanger steak. More enjoyable than the 2015 Geyserville IMHO.
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#531 Post by Mike Maguire » May 23rd, 2020, 10:36 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
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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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#532 Post by Adam G » May 23rd, 2020, 10:51 pm

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 » July 6th, 2020, 6:23 pm

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 » July 7th, 2020, 7:22 am

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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#535 Post by Larry Stein » July 7th, 2020, 8:54 am

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 » July 7th, 2020, 12:57 pm

Later this evening, a '10 Geyserville. Cork popped and it smells luscious.
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