Tasting Note                         

95   1999  Ridge  Lytton Springs   3/20/15  ($28)

70%Zinfandel, 17%Petite Sirah, 10%Carignane, 3%Mataro   14.5% alc
Color: Very deep garnet with some browning and slight clearing. Outstanding for 16 years old. (3.5) Bouquet: Chalk and clay with Zinberry and cassis fruit. Smells something like an old Medoc, but with Zin fruit on top and cocoa from American oak. (3.5) Body: Still a heavyweight with excellent fruit, acidity and tannins. Rich, tangy mouthfeel that coats beautifully. (3.5) Flavor: Parallels bouquet step-for-step with slight gout de vieux (Bordeaux style). (3.5) Finish: Shows some age here with some bitterness from tannins, but fruit persists. (3.0)
Overall: An amazing Zin! It's built like a great Cabernet/Medoc with its tannic structure, yet still has concentrated Zinberry/cassis fruit that is just starting to diminish slightly. This was somewhat closed when first opened, but really sang after a few hours air. Tastes like an amazing cross between a mature 1st or 2nd growth Medoc and a big DCV Zin. Wild!!! This will continue to develop (loss more fruit, gain more complexity) over the next few years, and might even improve. (17.0)

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