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  • adjective comparative form of ripe: more ripe


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  • She was just the most beautiful creature that ever was seen – with a promise of still more glorious beauty in riper years.

    The Hidden Hand

  • Alcohol content has been rising steadily for years now -- consumer demand for "riper" wines gets most of the blame -- and it's something that many wine writers have complained about for some time.

    In Search of Grignolino

  • But then, also, it was with a certain reverent curiousness that she approached the cabin, while the Hush on her cheek showed a yet riper mellowness.


  • There are aspects to Ballard that made it riper for a more urban use than other neighborhoods that range from an older population that was moving on and selling up, to the type of construction that was left behind, to its proximity to downtown.

    The New Ballard « PubliCola

  • In many ways, there are two styles of Bordeaux now—the riper, fuller, more fruity wines seen in châteaux such as Pavie; Cos D'Estournel, which has reined back from the massively concentrated and opulent 2009 vintage; and, to a certain degree, Ducru-Beaucaillou, which has a silky and smooth character.

    A Vintage That Will Age for a Century

  • This may be one reason so many Napa Cabernets are styled differently these days, made with riper fruit and more upfront appeal.

    Does Good Wine Come to Those Who Wait?

  • Surprisingly, the master of Condrieu favors a richer, more decadent—some would say New World—style, employing new oak barrels, which Ms. Clendenen normally eschews, and riper grapes.

    New and Old Worlds Meet in Decadent Viogniers

  • There's no doubt keeping active and having things to look forward to will boost Mum and Dad's chances of living to a riper old age.

    Claire Fordham: Road Warrior Roy

  • Long Island renditions tend to be riper, broader and usually have less of that crackling acidity that marks the best Finger Lakes wines.

    Lenn Thompson

  • Regular readers will know that I favor drinking wines with an alcohol level of 11%-13.5%, which sadly, due to modern viticultural practices that favor a fuller, riper style, are becoming harder to find.

    How to Read a Wine Label


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