1992 Ridge California Zinfandel Late Picked: Excellent!!
oct. 2, 2011: we had my parents over for a roasted chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots on sunday. my dad introduced this 1992 ridge, which is one of the three "R"s of zinfandel: ridge, rosenblum and renwood. we've had at least several of the last two, but our only exposure to ridge is through my parents. this 1992 late picked pagani ranch (80 percent zinfandel, 15 percent mataro, 5 percent petite sirah) did not disappoint. we were all in awe of this zin, which my dad said had a smooth mouthfeel, with an excellent long finish. he said the first sip was slightly sweet, but that went away about 10 minutes later. greg thought it had a berryish nose and flavor, and he really liked it. my mom said it's just the perfect wine for her tastes. "there's nothing like a california wine," adding later that it had a raspberry flavor. i thought it was smooth, berryish, with a gentle but strong feel. it was very well balanced, and very good. 15.8 percent alcohol. gift.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.