Ridge Lytton Estates 2013 Petite Sirah, $25.49-$29.99, 92 points, poured black throughout, except for the deep purple/red toward the glass edge with its broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic violets, toasty black fruits and olives with an unusual buttery waffle, kept Ridge's reputation lively.
Full-bodied, lip-smacking acidity, and wild tannins, which were reigned-in by massive fruit, espresso, and tobacco flavors complementing the whole.
Finished well on the trailing palate, plum, a balanced 13.9% alcohol, mint, and cayenne/white pepper.
Ridge's Petite Sirah is a big warm red wine that has years to age, but it's accessible now to the oenophile or the oenologically intrepid.
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