Greetings! We’re officially beginning our Jimsomare Virtual Vertical! There are two ways you can submit your tasting notes; either via a comment to this post, or on Twitter (#Jimsomare). Bring on the Jimsomare!
Update: From Richard Jennings’ notes on Cellar Tracker:
1988 Ridge Zinfandel Late Picked Jimsomare
90 — Medium bricking red color with pale meniscus; earthy, mature, tobacco, leather nose; mature, dried berry, mushroom, cassis palate with a sense of tomato paste; long finish 90+ pts.
1997 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare
91 — Dark raspberry red color with pale meniscus; fig, berry, currant and plum nose and palate, with a green note; medium finish.
2007 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
90 — Dark cherry red color; big berry, mulberry, plum, currant and herbal nose; tasty, light medium bodied, currant, mulberry, elderberry palate with a green note; medium finish.
Update: From our good friend David Tong over at Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley wines (full tasting notes are available at David’s blog …)
2007 Jimsomare Zinfandel, Santa Cruz Mountains
Nose was fruity but seemed atypical for a Zinfandel. Layers of deep, heavy fruit; blackberry, smoke and “Red Vines”, with a longish finish. It triggered a memory of whinberry pie (a small English bilberry).
1997 Jimsomare Zinfandel, Santa Cruz Mountains
Showing a more traditional Zin profile; a tart raspberry/cranberry nose, lots of smooth raspberry fruit and a good, long and balanced finish. Hard to believe that it’s 12 years old, it seems so lively. Delicious.
Update: From over in the land of Twitter…
The 1988 Ridge #Jimsomare zin was a treat 2 taste 2nt. Still lots of fruit in 21 yr old wine. Wow!
Update: Our first reviews are coming in; from Roland Dumas, his assessment of the new 2007 Jimsomare (“…this will open up to a great wine, perhaps one of the best JimZins and one of the best from Ridge…”), and from me, my notes on the 1988 Late-Picked Jimsomare (see below):
1988 Ridge Jimsomare Late-Picked
Mostly brightly ruby-toned, with some burgundy highlights and rich centralized plum tones in the belly of the bowl. Limned with a gorgeous shimmering raspberry. And what a glaze! Absolutely no legs to speak of; remarkable viscosity …
Heavy notes of molasses, honey, and syrup of both the maple and blueberry varieties, with the complements of brighter cherry notes and the sweetness of both plum sauce and honey. Under all of this, a rustic layer of earth and bramble. Just a slight hint of ripe prune, and the barest whiff of oak.
Not too much acid at the front of the tongue, but a surprisingly bright fruit expression, which gives the very pleasant illusion of vivacity right away. The acids begin to develop along the side of the tongue and the roof of the mouth as the wine moves towards the mid-palate. The combination of emergent stem rusticity and leaf herbality brand this as mountain fruit immediately …
Emergence of a certain chalky, almost granular tannin architecture counterbalancing the growing sweetness of the fruit profile, which is juicy and quite concentrated; all the while maintaining a certain singular elegance as to the weight of the mouthfeel.
Long, subtle, elegant, and sweet, with a very fine acid-tannin-fruit balance. Not particularly spicy per se, but very lively, very supple, with an almost decadently mitigated sweetness that never so much as even borders on cloying …
Really quite delicious!