Ridge East Bench 2007 Zinfandel Revisited, $28.99, 90 points, was a core deep ruby trending blood-red toward the clear wine ring.
Smells of fresh linen, loam, clove, cedar, and lively blackberry were still outstanding.
Medium-plus body (texture had become just a tad syrupy), good acidity, and mostly resolved tannin carried a wonderful balance of black fruit, red cherry, licorice, and mulling spice.
Finished well with cola notes, a hint of Cholula, the trailing palate, and a still remarkably controlled 15.4% alcohol.
Paired great with my meatball/provolone sub.
Being at least a year past Ridge's peak drinkability, this wine still beats the pants off of most Cali Zins I've tasted.
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