2012 La Rochelle Pinot Meunier

Pinot candy. On the nose this would be picked, blind, as a Pinot Noir, with cherry pits, cola, a touch of black earth, and a very pretty floral background of rosewater. Cherries and plum lead on the palate, f...
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2009 Ridge Ponzo Vineyard Zinfandel

A mouthful of wine, this Zin is a moderate (by today's standards) 14.8% alcohol, but has loads of black fruit, cocoa, and coffee. The nose is slightly vegetal, suggesting perhaps some whole cluster fermentation. Blackberries on attack are followed by raspberries on the mid-palate and finish. Black pepper runs under everything from attack to finish. On the mid-palate, first mocha, then dark chocolate, come through. The long finish tastes of dark chocolate and dusty tannins. Drink with well smoked pork ribs. Recommended.