• Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2016 94

    Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2016

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    94pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    "Put simply: what a wine!" ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    Dive into this deliciously juicy Ridge East Bench Zinfandel with us, winelovers, and glide through the deep, dark, juicy fruit, earth, lively acidity, and smooth tannins. You won't want to come up for air... The variety of luscious nuances of this Ridge Zinfandel allow it to pair with many different foods from barbecued chicken and pork to steak, duck, and a some great takeout options. Pour your first glass of deep purplish red and put out some tapas to share; we suggest grilled spicy sausage coins and a rich, strong cheese of your choice. Moving on to the entree, how about a sloppy pulled pork sandwich on a toasted brioche roll? Baked, hearty pasta dishes with lots of mushrooms and cheese go beautifully with the earthy, amply acidic side of this Zinfandel. Slightly charred, grilled burgers are a natural with the velvety tannins of this Ridge. Caramelize some onions, and they will bring out the wine's sweet side. If you're not in the mood to cook, this Ridge Zinfandel is perfect with spicy or sweet-and-sour Asian dishes, Mexican food and pizza. How about some General Tso's chicken, or a gooey pizza with bell peppers, ground sausage and onions? Berries are terrific with the ripe fruit of the East Bench Zinfandel, so pour another generous glass and savor it with a sweet cornmeal biscuit topped with warm ricotta and a thick compote of your favorite dark berries. A big Cheers to you, winelovers!

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous:  "The 2016 Zinfandel East Bench is supported by bright acids that give the wine the tension and energy that are typical of Dry Creek. Primary sweet red and purplish berry fruit notes are pushed forward in this vibrant, beautifully delineated pure Zinfandel. Readers may want to cellar the 2016 for a few years, as it is tightly wound today, but all the elements are impeccably balanced. The East Bench abuts the Syrah block at Lytton Springs. Drink 2018-2026. Put simply: what a wine!" Aug 2018

    Winery:  "Blackberry, cocoa, licorice on the nose. Full-bodied palate with fig and plum fruit chalky tannins, mineral and chaparral notes on the finish."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork                          
    Varietal 100% Zinfandel
    Alcohol 
    14.9%
    Aging 11 months in American oak
    Region Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, Californa