New Reviews from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast

June 2022

From Cabernet to Zinfandel, Sonoma to Paso Robles, Wine Enthusiast has new ratings and reviews for many of our recent releases in their upcoming summer publication. Did you know that our members receive exclusive access to these small-production wines, many of which are only available direct from the winery? Learn more about our Membership Options.

Featured Wines

2019 Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
95 points, Cellar Selection

There’s a prominent mineral streak of graphite, wet clay and lava rock on the nose of this bottling, which also includes 11% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Further investigation reveals aromas of blackberry, dried oregano, pepper and dried meat, and the palate falls in line, as leathery tannins frame baked berry, cocoa dust and roasted meat flavors. Drink now–2039. —Matt Kettmann

Ridge 2019 Lytton Estate Syrah Grenache Mataro

2019 Syrah Grenache Mataro
94 points, Cellar Selection

This deep, dark and impressive wine offers a potent core of blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate that is firmly laced with fine-grained tannins that need time to mellow. Made with 86% Syrah grapes, it will drink best 2027–2037. —Jim Gordon

Ridge 2020 Estate Chardonnay

2020 Estate Chardonnay
94 points

There’s a stunningly flinty aroma to the nose of this bottling, like smoke from chiseled granite, as well as hints of citrus peel. The palate grabs hold with a grippy tension, carrying flavors of crushed stones, singed lemon pith and light oak spice. —Matt Kettmann

Ridge 2020 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc

2020 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc
93 points

Crushed and flinty stone aromas give a mineral edge to the honeysuckle, lime pith and lemon peel aromas on the nose of this bottling, which includes 20% Picpoul. That flinty character cruises across the palate, where brisk apple flesh and coconut oil flavors lead into a grippy finish. —Matt Kettmann

Ridge 2020 Buchignani Carignane

2020 Buchignani Carignane
93 points

Drenched in delicious black-fruit flavors, this full-bodied and non-oaky wine made from old vines is also well-balanced and elegant in texture. It offers a seamless blend of black cherries, blackberries and raspberries on light tannins and fresh acidity. —Jim Gordon

Ridge 2020 Paso Robles Zinfandel

2020 Paso Robles Zinfandel
93 points

Loads of earth and smoked meat aromas kick off the nose of this bottling from a historic property, with smashed berry, plum and anise notes also arising. There’s solid tension to the palate, where strawberry compote, peppercorn and dried pork flavors align. —Matt Kettmann

Ridge 2020 Blasi Zinfandel

2020 Blasi Zinfandel
92 points, Cellar Selection

This firm-textured, full-bodied wine from the Metcalfe Vineyard wraps abundant tannins around vivid blackberry and raspberry flavors for great balance and an appetizing texture. It’s made for rich food and should improve through at least 2028. —Jim Gordon

Ridge 2019 San Lorenzo

2019 San Lorenzo
91 points

Blended from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet grapes, this smooth, ripe, chocolaty wine offers plenty of welcoming blueberry and blackberry flavors carried by moderate tannins and a full body. —Jim Gordon

2019 Ridge Three Valleys

2020 Geyserville
90 points

This hearty, full-bodied and lightly tannic blend of Zinfandel and several other traditional varieties offers tasty boysenberry and black plum flavors and light smoky, peppery accents on a rich texture. Seeming a bit less concentrated than the last two vintages, it’s still ripe, smooth and attractive. —Jim Gordon

Ridge 2020 East Bench Zinfandel

2020 East Bench Zinfandel
90 points

This big, boisterous 100% varietal wine piles fresh, grapy aromas on ripe blackberry and boysenberry flavors braced by moderate tannins and a full body. It is robust and fun, perfect for casual, meaty meals. —Jim Gordon


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