Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.0739 ratings
9.198 pro ratings
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Edmond Bordelon

Since we were not able to go to Ridge this year do to the California Covid travel restrictions, we decided it was only appropriate to pop one (okay 2) bottles for dinner. They say chalky tannins, but I didn’t get that. Instead I got the Dry Creek Zinfandel (best in the world) deep dark fruits and some of that black pepper. We will shoot for a trip once this is all over. Restaurants and wineries all need our support during this pandemic and afterwards.

Since we were not able to go to Ridge this year do to the California Covid travel restrictions, we decided it was only appropriate to pop one (okay 2) bottles for dinner. They say chalky tannins, but I didn’t get that. Instead I got the Dry Creek Zinfandel (best in the world) deep dark fruits and some of that black pepper. We will shoot for a trip once this is all over. Restaurants and wineries all need our support during this pandemic and afterwards.

Dec 25th, 2020
Renato Hoyle

Smooth and balanced. The right amount of acid and jam. Fantastic vintage

Smooth and balanced. The right amount of acid and jam. Fantastic vintage

Dec 5th, 2020
Vino Kaela

With the roughly 4+ years of bottle age this was showing nicely albeit at its peak. Lovely black fruits danced with warm Spivey notes and the palate was full and balanced. Very happy I didn’t pull the cork on this wine early.
#cazinfandel #oldschool #classic #ridgevineyards

With the roughly 4+ years of bottle age this was showing nicely albeit at its peak. Lovely black fruits danced with warm Spivey notes and the palate was full and balanced. Very happy I didn’t pull the cork on this wine early.
#cazinfandel #oldschool #classic #ridgevineyards

Dec 2nd, 2020
Jae Cho

Loaded brambly fruit overwhelmed our braised short rib. Reserve for grilled meats or cream sauces. Still, a fruit bomb I can get behind.

Loaded brambly fruit overwhelmed our braised short rib. Reserve for grilled meats or cream sauces. Still, a fruit bomb I can get behind.

Oct 23rd, 2020
Chris MacLean

Solid zin, a touch too big for me

Solid zin, a touch too big for me

Sep 21st, 2019
"Odedi"

A delicious and earthy Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley. Showing black fruits, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolate, black pepper, peppercorn, spices, green vegetables and wet leaves.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity with lots of earth notes on the nose.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, as it wasn't good right out of the bottle, so give it time.

Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it all by itself. This 6 year old is very tasty now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

100% organic Zinfandel grapes. Aged for 12 months in Oak barrels. Bottled January 2015.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

A delicious and earthy Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley. Showing black fruits, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolate, black pepper, peppercorn, spices, green vegetables and wet leaves.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity with lots of earth notes on the nose.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, as it wasn't good right out of the bottle, so give it time.

Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it all by itself. This 6 year old is very tasty now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

100% organic Zinfandel grapes. Aged for 12 months in Oak barrels. Bottled January 2015.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

May 9th, 2019
Renato Hoyle

Soft

Soft

Mar 30th, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

Smooth and approachable. Not overly jammy but very well structured. This almost doesn’t drink like 100% Zinfandel. Seems more like a very well balanced and established fruit forward cab. Excellent wine nonetheless!

Smooth and approachable. Not overly jammy but very well structured. This almost doesn’t drink like 100% Zinfandel. Seems more like a very well balanced and established fruit forward cab. Excellent wine nonetheless!

Feb 2nd, 2019
Jae Cho

My kind of fruit bomb. So classy

My kind of fruit bomb. So classy

Jan 9th, 2019
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.4

This is some beautiful stuff. Medium body, so even keeled, old world, newish oak and terroir and acid. Tremendous for it's youth.

This is some beautiful stuff. Medium body, so even keeled, old world, newish oak and terroir and acid. Tremendous for it's youth.

Oct 27th, 2017