Our first scores of 2023 are in! Tom Lee of Zinfandel Chronicles reviews four wines from our recent ATP and Z List releases. These wines exemplify our pre-industrial winemaking style from varied regions of California. Read on to find your next favorite RIDGE zinfandel.
“Arguably, the best Zinfandel in the Ridge portfolio.” | 96 points
“Bright crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. 100% Zinfandel from Benito Dusi Ranch. Soaring nose of red fruits, spearmint and baking spices. Medium body with exquisite acidity and balance. Loaded with bright, juicy fruits. Bing cherry, raspberry liqueur, strawberry and pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Arguably, the best Zinfandel in the Ridge portfolio. Drink over the next 5-7 years.”
“Ruby red in color. 14.9% ABV. 100% Zinfandel from Funsten Ranch in Dry Creek Valley. Pretty nose of red fruits, flowers and citrus. Medium body with medium acidity. Light, fresh and crisp with bright, expressive fruits. Cherry, strawberry, blood orange and pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Really compelling Zinfandel that rivals the best from the appellation. Drink over the next 4-6 years.”
“Crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. 80% Zinfandel and 20% Carignane from a vineyard situated in Alexander Valley. Gorgeous nose of red fruit, baking spices and citrus. Medium body with medium acidity. Really elegant with rich, refined fruits. Black cherry, salmonberry, plums and earth on the palate. The finish is long and supple. 2018 was a banner year for Zinfandel and you’re getting another chance to add more to your cellar. Best over the next 3-4 years.”
“Bright crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite from Boatman Ranch situated on the border of Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. Sublime nose of red fruits, anise and pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Structure and power in spades. Black cherry, raspberry, plums and bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. One of those wines from Ridge that will age effortlessly. Best over the next 6-8 years.”
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