You know, I think we are all still feeling a little pandemic-bluesy. In an effort to bring some significant happiness and good vibes to our home, I decided to open this bottle purchased at Ridge during a tasting stop in 2016 while on a trip to California.
This mostly Zinfandel with 11% Carignan, 8% Petite Syrah and a dollop of Alicante Bouschet is drinking beautifully right now at 8 years old.
A translucent garnet, the aromas show damson plum, anise, five spice and saddle. The palate is complex and delicious – full of more plum and boysenberry, kirsch, dried violets, and some serious cigar box with soya sauce. Chalky tannins that softened up over decanting, and freshly turned dirt complete the picture.
Drinking this took me back to the winery tasting – and a 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Bello sample I enjoyed at the time. Our afternoon at Ridge was one of the premier tastings I’ve experienced.
If you’re holding a bottle of this 2013 beauty in your cellar, don’t delay – enjoy it now!