Tried this last night:
1. Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch/AlexVlly/SonomaCnty (100% Hillside Grown; OldVine Carignane; 13.7%; 59 brls;
bttld 08/17; Front/Top/House blocks; Drk: 6/17-6/22: JO) 2016
: Med.dark color; quite fragrant/perfumed very strong cherry/Carignane/very spicy some blackberry/Zin-like slight rustic/earthy rather dusty/OV some vanilla/signature Ridge Am.oak quite attractive nose; some tart/tangy strong bright/cherry/Carignane strong dusty/OV some vanilla/Am.oak bit rough/rustic some complex flavor w/ light bit bitey tannins; very long bright/cherry/Carignane/spicy bit earthy/rustic rather dusty/OV some vanilla/Am.oak finish w/ light rough/coarse tannins; one of the best Ridge Carignanes of late. $31.00 (ATP)
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Ridge Carignane: I've long given Eric & Paul a hard time about the Ridge Carignanes. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Carignane has a rough/coarse character that I just don't care for. However, over the last few vintages, John has managed to fashion quite a nice canvas purse out of a sows's ear. He seems to be doing a better job at the tannin management of the wine. The wine, though not having the high-toned character of their Zins, they don't seem to have the aggressive/coarse/rough tannins they used to have. Not yet at the level of their signature Zins, but moving in the right direction, anyway.