Outstanding New Reviews from Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast

August 2021

Wine Enthusiast‘s September Issue features exceptional scores for seven Ridge wines, including two “Cellar Selections.”

Ridge 2016 Lytton Estate Syrah

2016 Lytton Estate Syrah – 95 points

Powerful flavors and an effortless sense of balance and ease make this concentrated, organically grown wine easy to love. Intense blackberry and violet notes are accented by hints of woodsmoke and black pepper while firm but polished tannins add great grip. -Jim Gordon

*Cellar Selection

Ridge 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Estate Cabernet – 94 points

Intense aromas of blackberry and cassis meet with smoked meats, strong oak and light herbs on the toasty, layered nose of this bottling, which includes 21% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Chipped wood flavors decorate the dark-fruit and roasted herb core of the palate. -Matt Kettman

Ridge 2019 East Bench Zinfandel

2019 East Bench Zinfandel – 93 points

Amazingly deep and seductive fruit aromas like freshly crushed blackberries are followed by concentrated black fruits and moderate tannins in this bold and full-bodied wine. Its ripeness verges on sweetness and is delicious to savor. -Jim Gordon

Ridge 2019 Geyserville

2019 Geyserville – 93 points

Deep and rich in flavor, this full-bodied wine will continue improving with age. It shows generous, late-picked blackberry flavors along with accents of vanilla, milk chocolate and black pepper, while mild tannins give it some nice heft in the texture. Best through 2030. -Jim Gordon

*Cellar Selection

Ridge 2019 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc

2019 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc – 93 points

Light in the glass, this bottling, which includes 20% Picpoul Blanc, begins with honeyed aromas of lime blossom, Meyer lemon zest and ripe white fruits. The palate grabs hold vigorously with a tightly woven, pithy texture, offering pear-flesh and lychee flavors, with the slightest hint of wood. -Matt Kettman

Ridge Vineyards 2019 Rockpile

2019 Rockpile – 92 points

A solid structure and tasty black-fruit flavors make this full-bodied blend of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah ideal for grilled and roasted meat and fowl. Moderate tannins firm up the texture and balance the generous blackberry flavors. Best from 2025. -Jim Gordon

Ridge 2018 Syrah Grenache Mataro

2018 Syrah Grenache Mataro – 91 points

Nicely dry, concentrated and ripe, this full-bodied blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvèdre) overflows with bright blackberry flavors on a smooth texture aided by a moderate layer of tannins for grip. -Jim Gordon

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