1996 Ridge California Zinfandel, Nervo Vineyard ATP

02062008.jpgI’m sitting here organizing my notes on the 2008 ZAP Festival that Graham and I were all over last weekend… I think I’ll hold off until Saturday so I have enough time to get it all down here on the site. What I will do is write up one of the highlights of last week. When we visited the Ridge Lytton Springs Winery, we picked up this bottle to quaff in SF.

Ridge’s Advance Tasting Program (ATP) is a winery-only program based on limited production wines in quantities ranging from 5 to 55 barrels. I forgot to take note of the amount of the Nervo they produced, but this blend of 88% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 4% Carignane has 14.3% booze and was bloody tasty.

Wow… Who says Zinfandel can’t age?? Well, if anyone can do it, that would be Ridge. It’s still got medium-dark red colour, with a slight orange edge from the 12 years of age. The nose is a sexy mix of cool stewed cherries, plums and Chinese 5 spice. Sip after sip gave up layers of dark chocolate, cherries, light berry, spice and pepper. The finish lasted for minutes.

If you can find this wine and you have a curious palate, grab it. Unless you’ve had a great Zin with some age, it’ll be unlike anything you’ve tasted.

$40 USD at the winery.

4 1/2 stars

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