Sunday, November 29, 2009
2006 Ridge Carmichael Zinfandel
Well, it happens, reportedly, about 5% of the time. This wine is slightly corked, the musty aroma immediately detectable. Ridge would certainly take it back, but I don't have time to mess with it. I tried to get past that to see what a non-tainted bottle might offer. The grapes come from Carmichael Ranch on the North Coast. This medium-bodied wine has a pretty ruby color with nice gradation. There is plenty of fruit on the nose, mostly blackberries, and a slight amount of spice. In the mouth, there is a nice acid/fruit balance, but I can't get past the corkiness. The rest goes down the drain. Too bad, because I'm a big fan of the winery and of its winemaker, Paul Draper.
Update: I contacted Ridge through their website and within three days they had delivered a new bottle at no charge.