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This wine is a blend of 84% petite sirah and 16% zinfandel from the Lytton Estate. The blend’s zinfandel is from hundred-year-old vines and the petite from younger wines. This was the first petite sirah table table wine produced from the estate, producing 38 barrels in 2002.

Stunning black purple in color with serious legs in the glass. On the nose, there is a stewed rhubard component, tarry black fruits, violets with slight hint of brandy (and a touch of heat). On the palate, chewy black cherry, plum, black currant and a touch of leather and bubble gum. Great mouthfeel, full-bodied, very lush but dry with a solid finish.

This is showing very well right now (and was even better the day after it was opened) and I expect it will still be drinking young for another 4-5 more years at a minimum. I was surprised to see that the vineyard still has this in stock. It was not a very difficult decision to pick up a couple more bottles.

It retails at $30 a bottle, not a value wine but a very high quality and memorable wine. Recommended.

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Ridge SCM 2005 ChardonnayPre-sale spring releases are now available, including the 2006 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay. The 2005 was the #2 wine of the year on last year’s top 100 list from Wine Spectator.

Probably best to order now if interested. You can order online at the Ridge online store.

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