1986 York Creek Zinfandel

1986 York Creek Zinfandel

Wine Information

83% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 5% Barbera




York Creek


Napa County

Alcohol By Volume


Vintage Notes

Growing conditions in 1986 produced some botrytis at York Creek, and with it the concern that Zinfandel might develop over-ripe flavors. Fortunately, we were able to harvest in time. The unusual addition of a very small amount of Barbera for acidity and definition, and the typical vineyard blend with Petite Sirah, we made this lovely wine. The full, soft balance is reminiscent of the 1984. The spicy, piquant fruit is complemented by a generous amount of new American oak. The wine is approachable now, and should develop fully over the next five years. PD (4/88)


Ridge wine is made with an emphasis on quality and naturalness that is rarely attempted. Our grapes are grown in select vineyards (usually identified on the label), where they are left to ripen to peak maturity, often at some loss of quantity. We let the wine settle and age in small barrels, with only rare cellar treatment other than racking. Varieties are not blended unless indicated on the label. Near Black Mountain on Monte Bello Ridge, our main vineyard is 10 miles south of Palo Alto, 15 miles inland from the ocean, and over 2000 feet in elevation.

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 88

No. of Tasting Notes: 1

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