2020 East Bench Zinfandel

2020 East Bench Zinfandel

Wine Information

100% Zinfandel

94 PointsBlue Lifestyle
92 PointsOwen Bargreen
92 PointsZinfandel Chronicles




East Bench


Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Winemaker Tasting Notes

Fresh black cherry, fig, and vanilla on the nose, with notes of mint. Medium to full body with rich raspberry on the palate and well coated tannins. Beautifully balanced with a juicy finish. MB (1/22)

Vintage Notes

After a plentiful harvest in 2019, the vines set a very small crop in 2020. With fewer grapes on the vine, the zinfandel ripened quickly. All seven parcels of the vineyard were picked in the first week of September. The 2020 East Bench has plentiful fruit typical of the variety and the depth of flavor representative of the Dry Creek Valley. It will be at its best over the next ten years. JO (11/21)


Ridge has made the East Bench as a single vineyard since 2006, one of the few Ridge zinfandels that is 100% zinfandel. The vineyard sits high atop the bench land that overlooks Dry Creek Valley from the east.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 18 inches (below normal)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Rains in March and April helped the vines get through the summer. We were just starting harvest when the heat and fires hit in August.


Harvest Dates: 3 – 9 September
Grapes: Average Brix 27.3˚
TA: 6.15 g/L
pH: 3.70
Fermentation: Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic) fermentations.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (10% new, 20% one year-old, 20% two years-old, 25% four years-old and 25% five years-old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel

Hand-harvested; estate-grown organic grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the indigenous yeast, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (50 ppm at crush, 74 ppm during aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


Blue Lifestyle: 94 Points “Smooth and deep, with tangy berry fruit, with notes of cinnamon and vanilla, nicely structured, long, layered and lovely, from one of the world’s greatest Zinfandel regions.” -Anthony Dias Blue (March 2022)

OwenBargreen.com: 92 Points “This 100% varietal bottling came from an exceedingly small crop and was harvested the first week of September. The nose is very appealing with its blood orange zest and wild strawberry tones alongside shades of wintergreen. The palate is very soft and approachable with bright acidity and red raspberry, pomegranate seed and sour red cherry flavors alongside this brilliant vein of tension. Just an infant now, this medium-bodied, well-structured Zin will surely cellar well for another ten years or more. Drink 2022-2032” -Owen Bargreen (March 2022)

Zinfandel Chronicles: 92 Points “Crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. 100% Zinfandel from Funsten Ranch. Enticing nose of red and black fruits, plums and cocoa. Medium body with tremendous acidity. Rich and savory. Strawberry, black raspberry, earth and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and supple. Super Zinfandel that is a perfect reflection of the Dry Creek Valley. Best over the next 3-5 years.” -Tom Lee (March 2022)

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