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Ridge - Lytton Springs (Zinfandel)
Consistent notes. Fine med.-dark color; moderate nose of spice, vanillin oak, and black fruit; sweet red & black fruit of moderate intensity and complexity on the palate; med.-long finish. 14.4% alcohol. Tannins have softened considerably and are now quite silky and integrated; good bottle development. This is elegant and complex with a high style that will disappoint those looking for the typical high alcohol, over extracted Zin.
Claudie Jobard Rully, en Villerange
Consistent notes. Light yellow color; lovely rich nose of tropical fruit and caramel; rich, classy and elegant on the palate with plenty of definition of fruit and judicious use of oak. A richer Villages from a plot with older vines than her regular Villages Rully. Lovely now but will hold and possibly develop further in bottle. Producer's note: From a 2.2 ha S-SE facing hillside plot. Clay & limestone. Avg. vine age of 55 years. Low yield. Fermentation in French oak barrels. More fat, generous, rich, dense, white fruit and floral.
Condorcet - Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Consistent notes. Med.-dark garnet red; nice full nose of red & black fruit, pepper and other spices, and haberdashery; similar but even more complex flavors; soft, lush, Burgundian-like w/exotic notes; rich and well balanced; med. bodied; soft integrated tannins; fully mature but should hold for a few more years.
Zind-Humbrecht - Riesling Clos Hauserer VT
Med.-dark amber color and beginning to show its age; lovely delicate nose of lichee fruit and spice; off-dry to slightly sweet on the palate, not as sweet as most V.T. wines and showing some oxidation and fruit is fading; complex and elegant flavors with a moderately long finish; very lovely and classy. Delicious with foie gras (and would also be good with cheese or an aperitif but not sweet enough for a dessert wine. Drink up.
La Rioja Alta - Vina Ardanza Reserva
Bottles purchased: 12. Free shipping.----- Bottle from Ruth's Chris (7/26/15): Bright med. garnet red; lovely aromas of primarily red fruit, flowers, spice & tobacco follow through nicely on the palate; round and expansive with wonderful complexity, good acidity, and soft integrated tannins; very long intense finish. Delicious now and should continue to drink well for several more years. Terrific value at $24/bottle.----- Producer's notes: Selective harvest in crates and refrigerated transport. After both fermentations, the wine was barrelled in April 2005(?). The Tempranillo wine spent 36 months in American oak barrels with an average age of 4 years, and the Garnacha wine was aged for only 30 months in 2 to 3 years old American oak barrels so the freshness and authenticity of this grape variety could be maintained. The wines were manually racked six times and bottled in December 2008.