Wine – 2005 Ridge California Lytton Springs

11032007.jpgI’ve always considered Ridge to kinda’ be my “desert island winery” – if I could take wine from only one winery, it just might be them. I’ve always had a soft spot for their wines. The Geyserville, Lytton Springs, Sonoma Station, Santa Cruz Cabernet… on and on. They’re just plain tasty and very well made wines.

I’ve had this one a few times before… tonight I sat down with my friend Michael and happily sipped away. It’s a blend of 77% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah and 6% Carignane that adds up to a lip-smacking and full-bodied wine with 14.4% booze.

In the glass, it’s medium dark, purple-edged red. A big sniff shows a bright edge to a big bunch of dark berries and a bit of earth and briar. The flavours grow when they hit your tongue with a firm, but silky bunch of tannins. All the dark berry is there with a dash of espresso, cherry and even a bit of brandy that leads out to pretty long finish. It’s not your typical sweet red Zin… it’s got a more refined edge to it, so if you’re looking for a loosy-juicy slutty Zinfandel go elsewhere.

Ridge makes some of the only Zins I’ve tasted that could actually use a little bit of age and this is one of them. I visited their winery in Sonoma and tasted the 1983 Geyserville and it was bloody tasty. Right now, this wine is young and a bit bright… maybe it needs to sit down for 6 months to a year to come back better than ever.

I’m not absolutely in love with it, but it is definitely a very good wine. Thanks Mike!

$49.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars

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