Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.0801 ratings
9.1107 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
Sipping Fine Wine

Deep Ruby with aromas of berry fruits and tangy spices. On the palate flavors of blackberry and raspberry with black pepper, tar, spice and a touch of earthy herbs. Fine rustic tannins, medium+ finish ending with fruit, earthy spice and some oak. Nice!

Deep Ruby with aromas of berry fruits and tangy spices. On the palate flavors of blackberry and raspberry with black pepper, tar, spice and a touch of earthy herbs. Fine rustic tannins, medium+ finish ending with fruit, earthy spice and some oak. Nice!

Jul 26th, 2022
Lars Fasel

The wine for bison burgers

The wine for bison burgers

Jan 18th, 2022
Fredrik Finn

Intense and dense but vivid aromas of strawberries, raspberry toffee, bramble, roses, Pronounced savoury and earthy spice character of cinnamon, nutmeg and a sweet vanilla note that brings a balanced complexity.
Palate is dry, medium acidity and Medium fruity tannins, soft and approachable but still it provides a solid framework that guards the palate, well integrated alcohol in a full body with a sweet and ripe, toffee like red fruit, profile that remain its nerve and tension and is far from feeling heavy. A dimensional complexity of vanilla and spice brings nuance a cross the mid palate through a solid finish that falls a tad short from the major league.

Intense and dense but vivid aromas of strawberries, raspberry toffee, bramble, roses, Pronounced savoury and earthy spice character of cinnamon, nutmeg and a sweet vanilla note that brings a balanced complexity.
Palate is dry, medium acidity and Medium fruity tannins, soft and approachable but still it provides a solid framework that guards the palate, well integrated alcohol in a full body with a sweet and ripe, toffee like red fruit, profile that remain its nerve and tension and is far from feeling heavy. A dimensional complexity of vanilla and spice brings nuance a cross the mid palate through a solid finish that falls a tad short from the major league.

Jan 4th, 2022
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