2009 Ridge York Creek Zinfandel

2009 Ridge York Creek Zinfandel

Varietal Information
93% Zinfandel
7% Petite Sirah

15.3% Alcohol by Volume

History

York Creek Vineyard, situated high on Spring Mountain, overlooks St. Helena and the Napa Valley from the west. Ridge came here in 1971 for the old-vine petite sirah. We first harvested York Creek zinfandel in 1975, and have made it in every vintage since.

Vintage

Harvest Dates: 21 - 26 September
Grapes: Average Brix 27.1 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary. Pressed at nine days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 30% one and two years old, and 35% four and five years old)
Aging: Twelve months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: Thirty-four inches (below normal)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: A dry winter saved by spring rains and a warm, dry summer.

Winemaking

York Creek Vineyard grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria. 3 grams/liter tartaric acid and a total of 2 percent rehydration added to two particularly ripe parcels during fermentation. Minimum effective sulfur added (35 ppm at crush, 232 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Tasting Notes and Reviews


2007 YORK CREEK


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2010/1/1


Zinfandel


2007 RIDGE York Creek Napa Valley SCORE: 88 * 22% Petite Sirah. Almost old-fashioned in its zesty combination of ripe berries, dried vanilla, hints of the earth and a wiry, tangy edge that adds to the wine's seeming rusticity, this one is full in body, ripe to the point of suggesting a bit of desiccation but also slightly pointed in character. Not likely to be mistaken for a nose-in-the-air wine, it needs to be partnered with long-cooked meats in savory sauces.

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2006 YORK CREEK


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2009/1/1


Zinfandel


RIDGE VINEYARDS York Creek Napa Valley 2006 SCORE: 86 While it is not wanting for richness or size, this weighty effort finds itself on the late-harvest end of the varietal spectrum, and it flirts with suggestions of pruny ripeness as it struggles a bit to find clear fruity focus. It is roughed up by a fair measure of gruff young tannins, and it takes on a noticeable edge of toothpicky astringency at the end.

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2006 YORK CREEK


Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits - 2009/2/1


Zinfandel year's best


SCORE: 93 2006 Napa Valley York Creek Zinfandel As saturated with fruit as this may be when first poured, it gains with air as the potent structural elements of oak and alcohol begin to meld into the ripe, black flavors of the wine. It’s powerful, yet gracefully restrained by pure, mineral tannins. A sleek vintage from Fritz Maytag’s York Creek Vineyard.

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2006 ZINFANDEL YORK CREEK


Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - 2008/11/1


California's Central Coast


2006 Zinfandel York Creek (includes 1% petite sirah): Deep ruby with a bright rim. Raspberry, cherry and cinnamon on the nose. Brighter than the Paso Robles bottling, with nervier red berry flavors and notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate. A medium-bodied zinfandel with fully absorbed tannins and impressive finishing lift. Sexy wine, and drinking well right now. SCORE: 90

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2005 YORK CREEK


Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2007/8/1


ZINFANDEL - More New Releases


2005 Ridge, "York Creek," Napa Valley – Medium to medium-dark ruby; closed-in, tight, toasty, brambly, red berry fruit aroma with notes of vanilla and coffee; full body; tight, moderately rich, cedary, briary, red berry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin; slightly tart and drying on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Developed and opened as it aired in the glass. Highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 2,600 cases; blended with 11% PS; released September 2007. (Group Score: 15.8,1/0/0; My Score: 16.5 [87/100], eighth place)

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2004 YORK CREEK


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2007/1/2


Zinfandel


RIDGE VINEYARDS Zinfandel York Creek Napa Valley 2004 SCORE: * 89 13% Petite Sirah. Ripe in tone without suggesting dried grapes or high alcohol and filled out by a roasted vanilla scent, this one is fairly full in body and slightly fleshy in mouth feel. After a trace of early fat in its texture disappears into a firm, zesty latter half, the wine calms down and turns just a touch dry for its size. It is clearly in need of roasted meats with savory seasonings to bring out its best over the next five years. About Ridge Vineyards The honors for bringing Zinfandel into the limelight belong to many people and none more than the folks at Ridge who discovered four decades ago that old vine Zinfandel produced absolutely magical wine. And while the winery boasts a well-deserved reputation for its Monte Bello Cabernet, it is Zinfandel that has made Ridge into a household name. Indeed, in the very first issue of the Guide, Ridge earned three stars for one of its Zins and multiple stars for its Geyserville bottling. In this issue, the honors are repeated with the Pagani Ranch wine earning three stars and the Geyserville just a point behind. Clearly, Ridge stands at the pinnacle of the Zin sweepstakes.

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2004 YORK CREEK


Patrick Comiskey, Los Angeles Times - 2007/6/27


Lining up some fine Ridge wines


2004 Ridge York Creek Zinfandel. A mountain wine in every way, this wine from Spring Mountain, a Napa County site, has a powerful deep dark chipped earth minerality, with aromas of caramelized sugar and caramel with fruit scents of black cherry and plum. On the palate the plum flavors persist, grounded by a black earth minerality.

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2004 YORK CREEK


Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2006/10/1


Zinfandel - New Releases


2004 Ridge, "York Creek," Napa Valley ($28) -- Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, spicy, earthy, peppery, brambly, plummy, ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit aroma with a slightly raisiny component and a hint of coffee; full body; forward, brambly, toasty, plummy, ripe blackberry fruit flavors; full tannin; slightly harsh on the finish, lingering aftertaste. Developed with airing in the glass. Highly recommended. 14.8% alcohol; 3,200 cases; blended with 13% PS; released September 2006. Group Score: 16.0, 1/1/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], sixth place)

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2003 YORK CREEK


Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2005/10/1


Zinfandel - New Releases


2003 Ridge, "York Creek," Napa Valley ($28) Medium-dark ruby; attractive, initially somewhat closed-in, spicy, ripe raspberry and blackberry fruit aroma; full body; big, forward, rich, jammy, ripe black raspberry fruit flavors; full tannin; hard, rough finish; lingering aftertaste. Deserves some bottle aging. Highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 4,400 cases; blended with 16% PS; released September 2005. (Group Score: 15.8, 0/0/0; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], seventh place)

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2003 YORK CREEK


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2006/1/1


Zinfandel


RIDGE York Creek Napa Valley 2003 16% Petite Sirah. While it is by no means a failed wine and, in fact, one that carries a fair measure of varietal fruit and briary spice, this uneven Zin shows nicely early on but defers to hard tannins as things progress. Age is a must but no guarantee as far as future beauty is concerned, and from here it looks like a wine that may stay tough over time. SCORE: 85

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2001 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL - Late Picked


Charles E. Olken, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - 2003/9/1


Zinfandel


RIDGE Late Picked York Creek Napa Valley 2001 20% Petite Sirah; 2% Carignane. Making good on its claims of being late picked, this cooked and raisiny wine walks a fine line between success and failure. If ripened well past the point of being fruity, it avoids the syrupy, heavy-footed softness that the style can bring, but its alcoholic finish and tell-tale sharpness are not easy to ignore. $27.00

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2001 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL - Late Picked


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 2003/10/31


California Zinfandels – A Very Good Vintage


2001 Zinfandel York Creek -- SCORE: 91 Paul Draper continues to perform brilliantly with his diverse group of Zinfandels and Zinfandel-based blends. His recent portfolio did not reveal a single disappointing offering. ...Another terrific effort, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Zinfandel York Creek boasts aromas of black fruits, minerals, animal, and earth. This primordial-styled Zin is full-bodied, burly, muscular, and loaded. While not as gracious as the Geyserville, it is a macho offering to drink over the next 5-6 years.

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2001 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL - Late Picked


Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - 2004/2/1


New Releases From California


2001 Late Picked Zinfandel York Creek California ($28; with 20% petite sirah and 2% carignane; 15.9% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Deeply pitched but fruity aromas of currant, chocolate, mocha and mellow oak. Huge, dense and deep, but with somewhat one-dimensional peppery flavor and a distinct herbacity. Slow-building finish features big but ripe tannins and a faint green edge.

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2001 York Creek Zinfandel Late-Picked


Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2003/11/1


Zinfandel - New Releases


2001 Ridge, "York Creek, Late Picked," Napa Valley ($28) Medium-dark ruby; big, intense, cedary, slightly volatile, very jammy red currant and red berry fruit aroma; full body; big, dense, highly extracted, concentrated, briary, jammy, very ripe berry fruit flavors; lingering aftertaste. Stylistic with a slightly raisiny character. Recommended. 15.9% alcohol; 4,500 cases; blended with 20% PS and 2% Carignane; released September 2003. (Group Score: 15.5, 1/2/0; My Score: 16 [84/100], twelfth place)

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2000 YORK CREEK - Late Picked


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2002/10/1



2000 Ridge, "York Creek, Late Picked," Napa Valley ($27.50) Medium-dark ruby; smoky, cedary, briary, tarrish, herbaceous, berry fruit aroma with a hint of VA; full body; big, rich, plush, toasty, slightly sweet (0.7% residual sugar), very ripe red currant and berry fruit flavors with a full mouth feel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 15.8% alcohol; 3,661 case; blended with 25% PS; released September 2002. (Group Score: 15.5, 0/0/0; My Score: 16.5 [86/100], tenth place)

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2000 YORK CREEK PETITE SIRAH


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2003/8/1


Petite Sirah - More New Releases


2000 Ridge, "York Creek," Napa Valley ($24) --- Medium-dark to dark ruby; attractive, intense, spicy, peppery, cedary, blackberry and sweet loganberry fruit aroma that developed with airing in the glass; full body; big, rich, spicy, cedary, slightly peppery, blackberry fruit flavors; firmly structured; full tannin; slightly bitter on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Needs some bottle aging. Highly recommended. 13.7% alcohol; 200 cases; 100% PS; released September 2003. (Group Score: 15.9, 1/0/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], third place)

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1999 PETITE SIRAH YORK CREEK


Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits - 2002/12/1


American New Releases


1999 California York Creek Petite Sirah --- Score 91 Ö $24 The color is blue-black and luminous, the flavor is bursting with fruit. Take a sip of this tense and fragrant wine and it will stain your lips like a cafe cortado. A beast while it lasts, a jam of black pepper and suppleness, this should gain complexity with age. Score 91 Ö $24

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1999 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2001/11/1



1999 Ridge, York Creek, Late Picked, Napa Valley ($27.50) - Medium-dark, purplish ruby; intense, jammy, slightly raisiny, very ripe berry fruit aroma with a note of volatile acidity; medium-full body; thick, tart, jammy, grapey, somewhat port-like flavors with a trace of residual sugar; somewhat harsh finish; lingering aftertaste. Recommended. 16.0% alcohol; 2,284 cases; blended with 2% PS; released September 2001. (Group Score: 15.6, 0/0/1; My Score: 16 [84/100], eleventh place)

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1999 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2001/11/1



1999 Ridge, York Creek, Late Picked, Napa Valley ($27.50) - Medium-dark, purplish ruby; intense, jammy, slightly raisiny, very ripe berry fruit aroma with a note of volatile acidity; medium-full body; thick, tart, jammy, grapey, somewhat port-like flavors with a trace of residual sugar; somewhat harsh finish; lingering aftertaste. Recommended. 16.0% alcohol; 2,284 cases; blended with 2% PS; released September 2001. (Group Score: 15.6, 0/0/1; My Score: 16 [84/100], eleventh place)

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1998 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 2000/8/1


Zinfandel


Medium-dark ruby; forward, rich, jammy, plummy, briary, earthy, berry fruit aroma with a slight raisiny component; medium-full to full body; big, rough, briary, ripe berry fruit flavors; medium-full to full tannin; rough, dry finish; lingering aftertaste. Recommended. 14.9% alcohol; 3,549 cases; blended with 12% PS; released September 2000.

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1998 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits - 2000/10/1


Zinfandel


Ridge 1998 Napa Valley York Creek Zinfandel

The dark and savory black fruit of this zin has a plump, light texture and a clean freshness. It’s an easy and satisfying choice for steak frites. (3,478 cases)

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1997 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Claude Kolm, Fine Wine Review - 1999/9/1


Red Wines/California


The York Creek Zinfandel is very deep and rich with plum and some fig fruit, and fine length.

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1997 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - 1999/11/1


The Best New Releases from California


1997 Zinfandel York Creek California (15.3% alcohol; includes 5% petite sirah): Good deep red-ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate, nutmeg and fresh herbs on the bright nose. Concentrated, vinous and spicy, with sweet dark berry fruit complicated by a tobacco note. Very long on the back end, with strong fruit outlasting substantial but smooth tannins.

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1997 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 1999/6/21


California's 1997 Zinfandels


...the 1997 Zinfandel York Creek (95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah that weighs in at 15.3% alcohol) is a spice, earth, and licorice-scented wine with plenty of rustic tannin, a gritty texture; medium to full body, and deep, concentrated, muscular flavors. With an uncivilized tannin level and rusticity, it should be consumed over the next 5-6 years.

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1997 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 1998/12/23


Ridge Vineyards


The more structured, tannic, dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 Zinfandel York Creek possesses outstanding potential, although it was backward and restrained when I tasted it in September. It is a candidate for 5-8 years of cellaring.

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1997 YORK CREEK PETITE SIRAH


Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar - 2000/5/1


Focus on California


1997 Petite Sirah York Creek Spring Mountain: Good medium ruby. Cherry, dark chocolate and smoky oak on the nose; also hints at a roasted, port-like quality. Plump and ripe but backward and dominated by its structure. Flavor of dark chocolate. The tannins seem a bit more harmonious than some recent years of this bottling, but will still require patience. Very persistent on the finish.

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1997 YORK CREEK ZINFANDEL


Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine - 1999/8/1


1997 Zinfandel


Medium-dark ruby; attractive, rich, plummy, cedary, briary, peppery, ripe berry fruit aroma with a hint of anise; full body; big, rich, supple, jammy, concentrated, high-extract flavors which have a slightly port-like character; medium full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now. 15.3% alcohol; 690 cases, blended with 15% Carignane and 6% PS.

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