Visiting Ridge

First stop in Sonoma on this trip. Beautiful day. Great fun.

  • 2006 Ridge Zinfandel Nervo - USA, California, Sonoma County (4/15/2010)
    An excellent, pure, and rather big Zinfandel for the Ridge style. This has slightly jammy, spicy black fruit jumping out of the glass. Good mineral note. In the mouth, quite racy and precocious. The fruit is the emphasis all the way, with really strong acidic backbone. Perhaps a bit simple, but awfully delicious, and the tannic structure suggests beautiful aging potential. A-
  • 2006 Ridge Zinfandel Old School - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (4/15/2010)
    Really strong representation of old-vine Zinfandel here. Brooding nose of brambly black fruit, with an earthy spice undertone. In the mouth, lush and velvety, with a pure and almost jammy fruit. Strong acidity and tannins, as with this whole lineup. Drinking very well right now. Delightful. A-
  • 2007 Ridge Zinfandel Late Harvest Dusi Ranch - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (4/15/2010)
    Very interesting wine. Viscous and slightly sweet on the nose, with tar and a distinctive fig note. In the mouth, plush and rich, with ripe black berry fruit, fig, and spice notes. Enough acidity to keep focus and a smooth, slightly sweet finish. Picked at about 28.5 Brix, which is interesting – seems like it would be low. Makes you wonder a bit about higher alcohol Zins, assuming that number is right. B+
  • 2006 Ridge Geyserville - USA, California, Sonoma County (4/14/2010)
    Riper on the nose than its younger Lytton Springs sister, with a port-like note added to the spicy black fruit. In the mouth, though, almost totally shut down. Less forthcoming with its ripe berry notes and pretty much runs all over you with acidity and tannins. Serious patience for this right now. B+
  • 2006 Ridge Zinfandel York Creek - USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District (4/14/2010)
    Open and pure Zinfandel, just a classic style. Briary black fruit, with minerals, and earth. In the mouth, though, the structure is evident. The fruit is accessible, and the wine is pleasant to drink, but you have lurking behind the primary flavors plenty of acidity and tannins for this to age on. Ridge is so classically styled. Very fine. A-
  • 2007 Ridge Lytton Springs - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (4/14/2010)
    Youthful and very pure, with a gorgeous, brooding nose of black fruit, spice, and meaty notes that betray the higher concentration of Petite Sirah (22%). In the mouth, quite open for this stage, with spicy black fruit, minerals, and earth. Tannic finish. A baby and worlds of potential over the next decade. A-

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Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow, Tom.

I assume that is just what they happened to be pouring there in the tasting room, or something special they set up for you, Tom??
If it’s the former, it’s a most peculiar lineup of Zins. With all those '06’s in there. And most of the '07’s out for more than a yr. And
the first batch of the '08’s just done been released. It almost looks like they were just pouring some older stuff just to get
it out the door.

Might be because they are having a 15% off sale on all their remaining 2006 Zins in April?

the tasting wasn’t at the montebello facility right?

This was at Lytton Springs … and, Tom, all the 06s I think can be explained by the fact that they’re running a sale right now with all the 06 wines on discount. Good stuff. But not up to the 07s.