Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Ridge Zinfandels

2020 Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel...$39.99
Potent and brooding, with deep black raspberry and currant flavors highlighted by spice box, green peppercorn and herbes de Provence notes that build toward broad-shouldered tannins. Needs time. Best from 2024 through 2032. 3,500 cases made.
Rated 92/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
Rated 95/100 Zinfandel Chronicles

2019 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel...$31.99
Based on 100% Zinfandel, the 2019 Zinfandel East Bench has a great perfume of red plums, wild strawberries, and flowery incense, with just hints of cigar and dried orange peel emerging with time in the glass. While it's not a blockbuster, it brings gorgeous intensity and richness in a medium-bodied, weightless, elegant package that delivers ripe tannins and notable acidity.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Fresh, almost pinot-like sensibility with the mouth feel. A beautifully spread wine that fills the palate, but maintains freshness and brightness. Real purity of fruit here. Lots of black and red cherry. Citrus undertones. 100% zinfandel. Drink now.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2020 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County...$29.99
This focused, firm and tannic wine exudes black pepper and wood-smoke aromas followed by rather tight espresso, blueberry and cacao flavors. Made from 74% Zinfandel and other California heritage-grape varieties, it has the bones of a cool-climate wine and should improve through at least 2028.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

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