now here's one that i think Hipcheck can REALLY sink his teeth into. i think it's RIGHT up his alley.
2004 Ridge, Ponzo Vineyards California Zinfandel.
i have become a bit of a freak about 2004 Russian River Valley wines, and this is absolutely NO exception!
it is in the $20-$30 range (i can't remember exactly) at Cost Plus. if it's out of any of your price ranges, f*** it... BUY THIS!!!
it is absolutely outstanding. it has a strong punch because it is a strong wine (about 14.9%)... much more than any Zin i've ever had. probably due to the fact that it's 96% percent Zin, 3% Petite Syrah, and 1% Carignane. but make NO mistake, it finishes smoother than any Zin i've had as well and the fruit really pops on the way down. somewhat dry and VERY lengthy!
a little sweet and new tasting, it was perfect for a couple of spicy rubbed steaks and a curried rice that Kat and i had for dinner tonight... i'm going out tomorrow or Wednesday to grab a few more because this s*** is going to drink exceptionally well for the next 5 years. the bottle definitely got better the longer it sat.