2019 East Bench – “One of the Best Zinfandels Ever from Dry Creek Valley”


May 2021

In his recent article on California Zinfandel, JamesSuckling.com Associate Editor Zekun Shuai discusses a modern take on zinfandel emerging today – wines with more brightness and freshness to complement their quintessential jammy fruit. He selects seven zinfandels that fit the bill and names our 2019 East Bench as one of the best ever to come out of Dry Creek Valley.

“ethereal elegance and purity of fruit – something almost as detailed and delicate as a pinot noir”

“Ridge Vineyards is one of the top producers to showcase how modern zinfandels in California have evolved and captured contemporary taste trends with the multiple high-quality bottles in their portfolio. Ridge Vineyards Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley East Bench 2019 was one of the best zinfandels we have tasted from the cool Dry Creek Valley, enlightening us with an ethereal elegance and purity of fruit – something almost as detailed and delicate as a pinot noir. The Santa Cruz Mountains-based producer is best known for its superb, age-worthy Monte Bello cabernet blend, but it is the Sonoma zinfandel that drives momentum for great value California reds.”

The Full Review:

2019 East Bench Zinfandel | Score: 94

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. –James Suckling

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