Ridge Paso Robles 2010 Zinfandel, $29.99, 92 points, has a dark ruby color, with Shiraz purple tones, almost opaque at the core with great clarity right to the clear rim.
The aroma is, as is customary with Ridge Zinfandel wines, wonderful, with earth (almost Rhone styled), restrained cooking spice, and cedar.
Nearly full bodied, this Zinfandel is round and lush, with sufficient acidity to cut through a heavily beefed chili. An acidity that continues with mild tannin all the way to the finish.
Ridge Paso Robles 2010 Zinfandel is early palate toasty, with developing juicy blackberry, grape, and plum.
The long finish adds black and white pepper to the trailing palate.
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