TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

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TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:20 am

I found this wine buried deep in the cellar along with a few other wines I didn't know I had.

Pop and poured:

Not very good, fading fruit and almost a sour taste to it. I'm half tempted to dump this guy out but I'll give it a little while longer to come around. Right now I'll score it 53 points because there's alcohol in it.
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Post  Tyler Rico on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:23 am

just 3 points for the alcohol factor? I thought it would be worth at least 5.
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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:27 am

I only had a couple sips.
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Post  Zachary L A N G on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:29 am

Wow, that sucks... dump some vodka in it and have at it!

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Post  Justin Wells on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:32 am

Life's too short. Dump that shit out if it sucks. Not like you don't have hundreds more to choose from...
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Post  John Holdredge on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:34 am

Bad bottle IMHO. The 91 still has a lot of life (had one recently) Almost pulled the 92 on Saturday but opted for the 97 Limmerick Lane. I'll try to drink it and post soon.

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Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:43 am

It's getting a little better so I'll give it 20 more minutes.

I pulled out a 97 Cornas just in case.
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Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:14 am

Getting a lot better....picking up smoke, the sour taste is gone. 84 points and climbing.
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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Cris Whetstone on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:16 am

Older Calis often need some air, especially Zins.

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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:32 am

Cris Whetstone wrote:Older Calis often need some air, especially Zins.

Your wise beyond your years. It's up to 89 points, and I think it's interesting.
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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  mel hill on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:47 am

1991 Ridge Lytton Springs was great last July.

hope your bottle improves to at least a 91!
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Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:50 am

mel hill wrote:1991 Ridge Lytton Springs was great last July.

hope your bottle improves to at least a 91!

Yea Mel, I've had the 91 Lytton Springs before and it's a lot better than the Sonoma. I'm happy enough with this wine, it's a Monday night and the wine is interesting.
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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Cris Whetstone on Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:51 am

Steve Saxon wrote:
Cris Whetstone wrote:Older Calis often need some air, especially Zins.

Your wise beyond your years. It's up to 89 points, and I think it's interesting.
Good to hear. Older Ridge's are usually a good bet to at least be interesting if not far better, even their lower end zins. The 93 Jimsomare Zin we opened a month ago was killer. Awesome acidity without being tart. Even impressed the Ridge vineyard manager. I have a 91 that I'm looking forward to. Good vintage in that region and much of California.

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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Phillip Franks on Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:29 pm

Steve,

Perhaps we need to open the 1991 Geyserville this weekend to compare?

How far down did you have to dig for that one?
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Re: TN: 1991 Ridge Sonoma Zin

Post  Steve Saxon on Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:48 pm

Phillip Franks wrote:Steve,

Perhaps we need to open the 1991 Geyserville this weekend to compare?

How far down did you have to dig for that one?

I thought you wanted to do great wines. I was going to bring an 82 bdx or something of that ilk.

Oh, I found this in my aussie pile on top of the box of Grange.
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