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2008 Ridge Lytton Estate
Dry Creek Valley Sonoma
2003 Calon Segur
Aging nicely, the 2003 Calon Segur (60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot) has a deep purple, ruby hue and an opulent nose of mulberries, blackberries, truffles, licorice, and spice. A hot vintage in Bordeaux, 2003s often have more fruit and density than typical Bordeaux vintages. This is no exception; giant berry flavors rush over the palate in a velvety soft attack. Long with minerals and black fruits and a tart, acidic, exclamation on the very end of the finish. Sublime…
2004 Chateau St. Jean ‘Cinq Cepages’
The follow-up to the Calon Segur tonight, was the top drawer release from Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma; the Cinq Cepages. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Merlot (9%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (3%), exhibits a nose of blackberry, cherry, violets and mocha. Wonderfully Californian but stylistically French, it is aging well and is in its prime now. Drink up!
2008 Mazzoni Home Ranch
50% Zinfandel, 49% Carignane, 1% Petite Sirah
Meanwhile back at the ranch… The Mazzoni Home Ranch is a hand crafted field blend of Zin, Carignane and a tiny 1% of Petite Sirah. According to Ridge, Giuseppe Mazzoni & brother-in-law, Abramo Trusendi, purchased the hillside vineyard in 1899 and were producing wine professionally by 1910.
This wine reflects the age and style of this vineyard site. Rustic & brambly, yet elegant and balanced with notes akin to an Italian Field Blend.
Dark crimson and pink around the inside edge of the glass, which is huge. On the beak, abundant black cherries and dark fruits . The fruit mingles with an olfactory jam of savory mint, eucalyptus, cinnamon and a strike of black pepper. The savories hover throughout but there are funky notes of graham cracker, smoky grill and cocoa in there. ZONK!! Medium weight, ripe and finishes with pleasant tannin grip.
**This is an ATP Club wine from Ridge
Château Saint-Georges 2002
Pretty Crimson red color and very little amber age around the rim. Seems to be aging nicely. After 2 hours in the decanter very little fruit was coming through. Mostly cigar box, fig, tobacco leaf, cedar. Elegant wine no doubt. After 4 hours open, some of the dark berry, black cherry flavors started to reveal themselves, alongside more cigar box, fig, brambles & violets. Plush finish with more weight and body than appears in the attack and mid-palate. Like Thor this wine was light on its feet but had intensity (thunderbolt in hand). Great length and definition, I loved it!
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
100% Zinfandel. Brimming with sour cherry, plums, fresh leather (think Bass Weejuns), pumpkin & Asian spice. Fruit driven but bright, high-toned acidity for Zinfandel. Truckloads of flavor; baked plums, black cherries. Delicious.
2010 Tablas Creek Vineyard
This GB delivers the goods on a hot afternoon! I kept asking myself, “why is this varietal not more popular?” Perfect ‘in-between’ weight. Like a Pinot Grigio (Ital.) x Chardonnay. Aromas of flowers, apples and spice with soft green apple and apricot flavors on the palate. Encores with a touch of unmistakable white pepper. 89 PTS
2007 Ridge Lytton Estate
Syrah (88% Syrah; 12%Viognier) [ATP release]
A pretty serious wine here. I was thinking it was going to be and I was correct. Decanted for hours and she was still clammed up so after a night in the fridge and a full 24 in the decanter she was ready. Sexy nose filled with dark cocoa and coffee aromas. Blackberry, fig, plum, & exotic spice abound on the palate which carries long with mineral and more dark fruit flavors through the finish. (48 cases made) 91 PTS