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Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel East Bench 2013

Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel East Bench 2013

Sku: 041734

 Vinous 91 points (Jul 2015)
Black cherry, plum, smoke, dark spices and licorice are some of the notes that inform the Ridge’s 2013 Zinfandel East Bench. The 2013 possesses striking focus and salinity that play off the wine’s powerful yet mysterious personality. The darker side of Zinfandel comes through on the incisive finish. This is another wonderfully complex wine from Ridge.
 Wine Advocate 90 points (Oct 2015)
Made from 100% Zinfandel, the 2013 Zinfandel East Bench is a concentrated, if not backwards, effort that has lots of plum and currant fruits, licorice, incense, and spice cake aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, juicy, lively and tannic, I’d like some more mid-palate flesh, but it’s still a beautiful bottle of wine that will evolve for a decade.
 Wine Spectator 88 points (Oct 15 2015)
Sleek and briary, with cherry and dill aromas and focused flavors of tart red plum, herb and loamy cedar. Drink now through 2020. 5,750 cases made. -TF

Wine maker notes
All estate-grown grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria. 1.5 grams/liter tartaric acid and a total of four percent rehydration (added to five particularly ripe parcels) during fermentation. Minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at crush, 163 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Garnet/crimson color. Raspberry and red currant fruits, black pepper, brown sugar clay earth, iron/rust. Classic Dry Creek briar, attractive barrel toast and spice, lively acid. Drink young.

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