Fall Release Scores from Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits

November 2022

We are pleased to share scores and reviews for five of our fall-release wines from Wine & Spirits. These wines from the Ponzo vineyard and our Monte Bello & Lytton Springs estates showcase Ridge’s commitment to exceptional single-vineyard winemaking.

Ridge 2019 Estate Cabernet

2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 points

Selected from the same parcels that provide fruit for Monte Bello, Ridge’s Estate Cabernet offers more youthful accessibility. It’s a soft, sumptuous cherry-red cabernet, vibrant with fresh red-currant flavors and pleasingly ripe tannins. A wine with length and depth of flavor, this is ready to decant, or to cellar and enjoy over the next decade. —J.G.

Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Chardonnay

2019 Monte Bello Chardonnay – 92 points

This has the formal structure of chardonnay grown in limestone, and the dry peach flavor of ripe California fruit. It’s as rich as buttered caramels, toasty, but not sweet. Give this time to develop; Monte Bello chardonnays can evolve for a decade or more. —J.G.

Ridge 2020 Lytton Springs

2020 Lytton Springs – 93 points

At a recent celebration of Ridge’s 60th Anniversary, John Olney mentioned that the mixed vineyard at Lytton Springs has the oldest pinot noir vines in California, among many other varieties, many of them centenarian zinfandel vines along with petite sirah, carignane, mataro and grenache. The mix brings bass notes and dynamic energy to this classical California red. The red-currant and cranberry fruit has a healthy feel to its richness, lasting with restraint and elegance. —J.G.

2020 Ponzo Zinfandel

2020 Ponzo Zinfandel – 92 points

A bluesy Russian River zinfandel, its power boosted by a little petite sirah in the blend, this wine’s ripe blue fruit and red-berry flavors are cushioned by peppery tannins. It’s ripe and fresh, a red to pour with braised meats. —J.G.

Ridge 2019 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

2019 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah – 90 points

The petite sirah tannins here are big and black, while the fruit itself is red, clean and bright. As you might expect from a petite, it’s youthfully blunt and would benefit from ten years of rest in your cellar. If you open it now, decant it well before dinner for an authentic California pleasure. —J.G.

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