Is it possible this iconic winery doesn’t have one of these threads here at Wineberserkers? Too many great wines the issue? We hate a single thread with notes about Cabs, blends, Zins, PS & Chardonnays?
In an effort to rectify this on Father’s Day I present a wine I bought before moving from Florida, last of a 6-pack I think. This showed as well as any Lytton Springs I have ever had. Just perfect last night with beef ribs and the last glass was the best. From Zalto Bordeaux stems after 2-3 hours aeration the 1996 just strutted its stuff. 19% PS, since the label doesn’t show that well
Unfortunately, no 20+ year old bottles in my young cellar, but my wife and I enjoyed a 2009 Pagani Ranch with tri-tip on Saturday. First time with a Ridge bottling from this vineyard and liked the big, ripe fruit, but still prefer Geyserville and Lytton Springs.
We popped a '14 Hooker Creek Zin last night, only because I have several and it was near the top of the pile. Good and fairly approachable for a young Ridge. I often find the American oak overpowering on young Ridges, but it wasn’t so bad here. Somewhat tannic and astringent. Needs time. Lots of stuffing though. I’ll revisit in 2034
Just my personal two cents’ worth, but I think creating new threads for new TNs gets the word out better than lumping all the Carlisle or Bedrock or Ridge TNs into a single, long thread. I like all those wineries, and yet I rarely ever click on those threads. On the other hand, if you posted a TN on a 1996 Lytton Springs, I’d read it for certain.
Again, that’s just my perspective on it, others probably feel differently.
We opened a 2009 Geyserville last night with dinner. Love the 2009 Ridge’s. This went really well with burgers and portobello mushrooms on the grill. This one has years of life left, and is definitely one to backfill if you can find them.