Piedmont Post Reviews Ridge Wines

The Piedmont Post

We’re happy that Pierre Dupont of the Piedmont Post has written favorably of our wines recently. Here is a small excerpt from the article as well as the wines reviewed:

“One of the treats of the wine reviewing year is when Ridge Vineyards unveils their new releases. I have often said in the past that if I were stranded on a deserted island and could have wine from only one of the world’s millions of wineries, the winery I would choose is Ridge Vineyards…The other thing that sets Ridge apart from many other good wineries is the sheer breadth of their offerings….most importantly, Ridge is home to a huge stable of stellar Zinfandels, always beautifully balanced and well proportioned…I am happy to present to you another batch of winners from Ridge Vineyards.”

2015 Estate Chardonnay – In search of full disclosure, Ridge has stated listing all ingredients in its wine on the back label. This includes “malolactic bacteria” which in this wine is definitely a good thing. These little critters are what turn a sharp, acidic, tart, lemony wine into something a little kinder and gentler. Things can go too far in that direction though too. The trick in making great Chardonnay is to find the sweet spot in the middle between tart and creamy. The 2015 Estate Chardonnay has found it.

2015 Geyserville – This year Ridge is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Geyserville bottling. Along with Lytton Springs, this is perennially my favorite Ridge Zinfandel. The label does not say “Zinfandel” because at 70% it falls below the 75% threshold for the name to be on the label. The wine’s complexity is increased by the addition of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouchet. A mix of ripe, zesty, flashy blackberry fruit with an underlying sense of elegance and grace, this well balanced, medium bodied wine is a luscious crowd-pleaser. Try with winter stews or braised lamb shanks.

2015 East Bench Zinfandel – This 100% Zin comes from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. This wine has a bright berry nose, medium body with good acid to give it balance. A very food-friendly style of Zinfandel. Try it with grilled steaks or chops.

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