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WTN: Two Ridge HookerCreek Zins...(short/boring)

by TomHill » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:07 pm

With Morgan/Jake/Chris in town for a tasting/dinner at LoyalHound in SantaFe, we had w/ dinner these two:
6. Ridge Zin HookerCreek/SonomaVlly/SonomaCnty (96% Zin/2% AlicanteBouschet/2% PetiteSirah; 14.9%; 25 brls;
Hrvstd: Aug 22; Drk: 8/16-8/21: JO; 2.5% water addition; BedrockVnyd) 2015
: Very dark color; less vanilla/
Ridge oak strong blackberry/raspberry/Zin/quite spicy very strong dusty/OV more complex/deeper nose; lightly
tart some vanilla/Am.oak/Ridge very strong blackberry/boysenberry/raspberry/Zin/very spicy strong dusty/OV
flavor w/ modest ripe tannins; very long/lingering lightly tart very strong blackberry/raspberry/SonomaVlly Zin/
rather spicy light Am.oak/Ridge fairly dusty/OV finish w/ modest smooth/ripe tannins; shows less Ridge Zin
character and speaks more of Bedrock/SonomaVlly Zin terroir; approaching the Pagani in level of quality.
$35.00 (ATP)
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7. Ridge Zin HookerCreek/SonomaVlly/SonomaCnty (BedrockVnyd; 96% Zin/2% AlicanteBouschet/2% PS;
2% water addition; 15.0%; 34 brls; bttld 12/2015; Drk: 9/15-9/21-9/22: JO) 2014
: Dark color; strong vanilla/Am.oak
strong raspberry/Zin/spicy some dusty/OV/earthy bit alcoholic nose; lightly tart very strong Am.oak/vanilla bright/
raspberry/Zin/spicy some dusty/OV slight earthy flavor w/ light smooth tannins; long strong Am.oak/vanilla bright/
spicy/raspberry/Zin bit simple finish w/ light tannins; an altogether pleasant Ridge Zin but just that; not at
the level of Pagani or Geyserville. $30.00 (ATP)
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
3. Ridge: This is a relatively new Zin for Ridge. They did not want to label it as Ridge Bedrock Zin. Not because
that were worried about promoting the Bedrock brand, though. They have a penchant for using historical vnyd
names on identifying their wines, so they named it after HookerCreek that runs thru the Bedrock property and
to honor the Union's Gen. "Fighting Joe" Hooker. And, no doubt, to give a mildly salicious tone to their label.
Tom

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