Owen Bargreen Reviews our New Releases


August 2021

We are delighted to share the news that Owen Bargreen has published excellent reviews for our new fall releases. Bargreen is the founder of OwenBargreen.com 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. One of the great historic wineries in California, Ridge Vineyards is perched atop the Santa Cruz Mountains in a stunning spot with views that sweep across Silicon Valley.”

— Owen Bargreen, OwenBargreen.com

Featured Wines:

Ridge 2018 Monte Bello

2018 Monte Bello | 96 points

The nose exudes class with toasty oak that wraps around the core of blackberry compote, dark currants, cigar box and garrigue undertones. The palate is deeply concentrated with a brilliant veil of tension and a light dusting of salinity that falls over the core of dark fruits. Full-bodied and voluptuous to consume in its youth, I have little doubt this will be a 20-30 year old wine.

Ridge 2019 Lytton Springs

2019 Lytton Springs | 91 points

Mostly Zinfandel (73%) this forward wine shows red plum, red cherry and dill flavors with good richness. Enjoy this good value over the next seven years.

2019 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel | 95 points

A blend of 90% Zinfandel with small parts Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouchet, this beautiful wine shows off a core of ripe red plum, soy sauce, white pepper and a touch of blueberry compote on the palate. Full-bodied, with bright lip-smacking acidity, this outstanding new Zinfandel will be drinking well over the next fifteen years.

2020 Grenache Blanc Lifestyle Image

2020 Grenache Blanc | 92 points

Fresh, vibrant and beautifully textured, the 2020 Grenache Blanc by Ridge exudes class with its gooseberry, green papaya, white peach and stony mineral flavors. Medium to full-bodied, with plenty of finesse and salted Macadamia nut undercurrents, this beautiful wine has another seven plus years to go.


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