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Ridge "Sullivan" 2005 Zinfandel

Maybe $25, bought via wine club. 10 (1-10)

By the beard of Zeus this is good!

95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Syrah and I think it shows the Petite (or, maybe I'm dreaming). The wine is big, deep and lots of dried red fruit flavors. I feel like the spice and earth of the Petite Syrah balanced what would have been otherwise a really fruit-forward Zin.

From its edge, it would benefit from at least another 2 years (I'm guessing). At 14.5% alcohol, you may think it would be showing a little heat but I don't think it is. There was enough deliciousness to mask the ethanol well.

I would call this a 'Classic'. Another big winner from Ridge. If they can make a bad wine, I haven't had it yet. But I'll gladly keep looking...



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