1988 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Park Muscatine
Howell Mountain, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 83

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.1%
Price at time of purchase: $12.00 (Library wine)
 
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): 75% Zin, 25% Petite Syrah

1988 was not a great year and this is not a great Zin. But not bad for its age and location -- Howell Mountain produces great Cabs, but Zins from there tend to be too firm and austere for our tastes. This one certainly was claret-like, with earthy tobacoo and licorice flavors and a distant hint of cherry. Elegant and not really over the hill, just not close enough to our Zin comfort zone to be rated higher. - HK 2000-11-02

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