New Reviews from Owen Bargreen

August 2022

We are delighted to share the news that Owen Bargreen has published excellent new reviews for our fall release wines. Bargreen is the founder of and has been writing about wine for more than ten years, having reviewed thousands of wines from around the world. He also writes part-time for Decanter Magazine and recently joined the Vinous Media team.

“I have long admired the wines of Ridge Vineyards, fondly revisiting some wines in my personal collection back to the 1970s. The new wines were truly outstanding. These will all be released in Fall 2022.”

— Owen Bargreen,

Featured Wines:

2020 Pagani Zinfandel

2020 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel

Sonoma Valley | 94 points

Very juicy and bright, this shows ripe strawberry and bing cherry with prosciutto and green olive notes on the palate. Complex and delicious, this has a long way to go in the cellar. Vibrant, with a terrific mineral backbone, this weighs in at only 13.8% alcohol.

Ridge 2019 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

2019 Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

Dry Creek Valley | 94 points

A gorgeous effort that is 100% varietal. Once on the nose this takes on layers of toasty oak with ripe blueberries and dark cherry cordial. This is loaded with minerality, which holds in place a massive core of black and blue fruits with espresso grounds and dark chocolate shavings. Delicious now, enjoy this beauty over the next fifteen years.

Ridge 2020 Lytton Springs

2020 Lytton Springs

Dry Creek Valley | 93 points

The outstanding 2020 ‘Lytton Springs’ is a blend of 79% Zinfandel with 11% Petite Sirah and 10% Carignane. The beautiful red florals on the nose with potpourri, white pepper and ripe red fruits that mingle with shades of smoked brisket. The palate is plush and soft with a seamless mouthfeel and very lengthy finish. This has both the stuffing and finesse to cellar well for at least another decade.

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2021 Grenache Blanc

Paso Robles | 93 points

The 2021 Ridge Vineyards Grenache Blanc has a small portion of Roussanne and Picpoul blended in. The nose shows beautiful star jasmine tones alongside Japanese pear and salted brioche notes. The palate is incredibly fresh and vibrant with a seamless texture. Very juicy and bright, this is drinking beautifully now and will continue to evolve nutty and earthy tones over the next six plus years.


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