OK, I really don’t know what I’m doing here, I think I’m posting, but have no idea where it will go or how it will be viewed. Whatever, I’ll go ahead and blather into the blogosphere anyway.
Came home late from work last night, with some new, high-end premade pasta sauces we sell in the store. I tried the Tuscan Vodka sauce, and of course I needed a nice Zin to go with it, and what better than a Mr. Ridge? My technique is just to go into the wine room, where most of my Ridge wines are all grouped together, and just grab one. I wound up with an older ATP bottling, the 2001 Del Carlo Zin from Dry Creek. 100% Zin, 14.3% alc. Given the moderate (for zin) alcohol, this was surprisingly ripe, verging on pruney, with some distinct raisiny notes to the fruit. The fruit lacks a bit of intensity in the middle, and the tannins are poking a bit on the finish. Surprisingly, this seems a bit dull and perhaps past it’s best, although PD’s note on the bottle (written in 2003) suggests the prime drinking window is 5 to 7 years. Draper’s usually conservative on his drinking windows, but I think he overshot a bit on this one, which seems like it has seen better days. Overall a rather lackluster and disappointing ATP from Ridge.