Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.0149 ratings
9.018 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
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
"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
Lyn Farmer

100% Zin. Rich with plum, mocha and blackberry notes. Classic style of Zin with high alcohol but enough fruit and acidity to keep from going over the top

100% Zin. Rich with plum, mocha and blackberry notes. Classic style of Zin with high alcohol but enough fruit and acidity to keep from going over the top

Jul 18th, 2017
Will Stanley

Every wine from Ridge I've had has been as excellent as this one. Superb clarity and strength - one for the cellar.

Every wine from Ridge I've had has been as excellent as this one. Superb clarity and strength - one for the cellar.

1 person found it helpfulDec 30th, 2015
Mike Coffey

Independent Wine Consultant & Sommelier

8.9

Eh

Eh

Oct 2nd, 2016
Andrew S

Mulberry, blackberry, dark cherry. Spice. Vanilla.

Mulberry, blackberry, dark cherry. Spice. Vanilla.

Aug 10th, 2016
Andre Lopez

Pound for pound, one of the most solid zins out there. Blackberries, raspberries, spices galore.

Pound for pound, one of the most solid zins out there. Blackberries, raspberries, spices galore.

Feb 5th, 2016
Matt Sterr

100% Zinfandel. Red fruits, pepper, anise and a brambly edge. Varietally correct and very nice. Weighs in at just under 15% ABV.

100% Zinfandel. Red fruits, pepper, anise and a brambly edge. Varietally correct and very nice. Weighs in at just under 15% ABV.

Dec 15th, 2015
Jo Florradikal

#zinfandel #eastbench black pepper, licorice, cooking herbs, high acid, dark chocolate, cooler climate feel

#zinfandel #eastbench black pepper, licorice, cooking herbs, high acid, dark chocolate, cooler climate feel

Nov 13th, 2015
Dave Hendrickson

Noticeably reduced at opening- fades away to nicer varietal notes, but first impressions, ya know...

Noticeably reduced at opening- fades away to nicer varietal notes, but first impressions, ya know...

Oct 5th, 2015