March 2017 Newsletter
Dry Creek Valley
(10/29/2015) "Made from 100% Zinfandel, the 2013 Zinfandel East Bench is a concentrated, if not backwards, effort that has lots of plum and currant fruits, licorice, incense, and spice cake aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, juicy, lively and tannic, I'd like some more mid-palate flesh, but it's still a beautiful bottle of wine that will evolve for a decade."
Vinous, Antonio Galloni
(7/2015) "Black cherry, plum, smoke, dark spices and licorice are some of the notes that inform the Ridge's 2013 Zinfandel East Bench. The 2013 possesses striking focus and salinity that play off the wine's powerful yet mysterious personality. The darker side of Zinfandel comes through on the incisive finish. This is another wonderfully complex wine from Ridge."
(6/2015) Ridge's East Bench bottling is 100% Zinfandel that comes from a single site overlooking Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley. As always, it offers exceptional quality that outperforms its price. The style here is about freshness and purity, forgoing the jammy qualities associated with many Zins. A fruit forward attack of mixed red and blue berries lead the way followed by sweet, but subtle, oak spices of vanilla and coconut. The harmonious flavors are beautifully in balance with a soft and round texture that is refined and elegant.