Friday, March 7, 2008

2005 Ridge Vineyards Old School Zinfandel Alexander Valley ***

Bright dense purple and cola syrup color. Good depth of fruit on the nose with menthol, mellow cherry and light red licorice notes. Extraordinary concentration by day 2: Coconut and mellow vanilla, pina colada-esque, with unidentifiable blue fruit notes shining through. Best Ridge Zinfandel of the 2005 vintage, and the best I've tasted recently except for the sold out but virtually perfect Lytton East 2003.

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