Ridge Winery, 2000, California, Montebello
Fading a bit, but no slip of color or engagement. Diminished grip, slightly, as well with the fruit, but the general palate placement and musical nature of the wine is there, with violets and chocolate, rich raspberry and plum, a little blueberry. Again, impeccable dark depth on visual and interactive texture; soft, euphonious, a piano riff with a light symbol tap. Flirtatious echo as the sip finishes. Still with life and its intentions, but if you have this in your cellar I wouldn’t wait much longer. The bottle wants to be touched. The wine demands the sipper’s senses, this year.