Excellent fill level. Fading garnet color with bricking obvious. Nice bouquet and good fruit on palate - very robust and Syrah-like. Alcohol (14%) does not intrude. Fading but not disjointed. Dusty, drying tannins. Probably 5 years past peak but making old bones. No Shiraz sweetness. Some sludge sediment at bottom of bottle. Drink up! 89/100.
80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. 14% alchohol. Super deep garnet color in glass with faint bricking. Lovely bouquet. Lots of ripe fruit and depth on palate. Light drying tannins in finish. Slightly, just slightly beyond peak. A classic Rasteau! 90/100.
40% Nanzuelo, 40% Syrah, 20% Garnacha. 14.5% alchohol. Good color in glass with fading rims. Lovely bouquet. Good fruit on palate though obviously fading. Alcohol does not intrude. A few particles of sediment. 88/100.
81% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane. Good color in glass with fading rims. Nice, spicey nose. Good body with ripe fruit on palate. Fruit supports 15.4% alchohol as usual with Ridge Zins. Not too complex but a solid wine. No sediment. At peak. Drink up! 89/100.
An unmailed Atlanta postcard featuring the Hotel Ansley circa 1922. Note the cigar cabinet on the left and the brass spitoon by the column on the right. The hats the men are wearing are called "boaters" and were very popular back then.
Mid neck fill. Cork broke on extraction. Lovely deep garnet color with thin browning rims in glass. Promising bouquet. Lots of heft and weight on palate with ripe fruit and dusty tannins. Fading a little but still drinking vey well. Faint sediment. 90/100.
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