2000 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Nervo Vineyard, Late Picked
Sonoma Valley, California
 
WB Rating: 87

 
Alcohol by volume: 15.7%
Price at time of purchase: $24.00 (Ridge ATP selection)
 
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): 91% Zin, 9% Petite Sirah

Chocolate-cherry liquor comes closest to capturing the essence of this late-harvest zin. Mildly hot, spicy finish, but overall very nicely integrated. I'm not usually a fan of late-picked zins -- usually they seem to squander the intense boldness of the zin character in an overly alcoholic, sweet product that doesn't really mesure up on the 'port' scale either. This one has enough fruity character and balance to be the exception. Now, as to the price ... - MJA 2002-11-20

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[HTK  2013-05-19] Tasted in May of 2013, this wine was still astonishingly fresh and fruity. Dark berry, slightly prune-like fruit, but not cloying or overly sweet. Great with chocolate dessert.  User Rating: 88.