1989 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Park Muscatine
Howell Mountain, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.7%
Price at time of purchase: $12.00 (Library wine)
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): 85% Zzin, 15% Petite Syrah

The 1989 Park Muscatine, tasted with the '88, is a considerably fuller and more giving wine. Still has some tannin and, like the '88, is not over the hill. But this one has more fruit than the '88 -- excellent spicy raspberries that followed through from beginning to end with a deep midrange. It's still somewhat Cabernet-like, but made it comforably onto the Zin calibration curve, though it's still less round and easygoing than the Sonoma Zins (which are, however, less long-lived). - HK 2000-11-02


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