Originally Posted by coolpapa
I think those wines are made primarily from Tannat, which is one of the few red grapes with red flesh, so they tend to be black, and on the rustic side. I've had a few from Kermit Lynch I think, and liked them.
Tannat does make very dark wines, but the fleshly isnt red - you may be thinking of Alicante Bouschet. I made a fair bit of wine from tannat last year, and it certainly has tannin, acid, and color in spades.
I think I'm finally going tasting at Ridge today, which is pretty exciting.