An exploration of wine

629. Ridge Vineyards, Geyserville Sonoma County, 1999

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Book 4 Wine 629

$66 restaurant; 14.8%

Having had a much younger and more tannic York Creek Ridge Zin the night before, this lovely Geyserville demonstrated Ridge’s skill in blending Zinfandel to last. Deep garnet. Pronounced, but mellow fruit – damson and blackberry – with distinct cocoa and dark chocolate. Touches of meat and spice. Subtle. Quite complex. Holds its 14.8% alcohol well. Silky, background tannins give structure, in an almost ghost-like way – they’ve fully matured. Rich dark fruit with more chocolate and some vanilla, with a full-body that is very well balanced by pretty decent acidity. Well-concentrated, with medium+ length. In Chattanooga.

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