Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

9.076 ratings
9.111 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
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
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
Kenny Baldridge

Perennial favorite!

Perennial favorite!

Oct 19th, 2017
Joyce Lin

A great zin.

A great zin.

May 6th, 2017
Jo Florradikal

great balance and acidity, dark and red fruits combo, licorice, alcohol well integrated, yummy

great balance and acidity, dark and red fruits combo, licorice, alcohol well integrated, yummy

Feb 23rd, 2017
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9.0

The East Bench Zinfandel is always a step up from the Three Valleys but without the age-ability or complexity of the Lytton Springs or Geyserville. This one is just at the front end of its drinking window and will likely show more in six months or so.

The East Bench Zinfandel is always a step up from the Three Valleys but without the age-ability or complexity of the Lytton Springs or Geyserville. This one is just at the front end of its drinking window and will likely show more in six months or so.

Feb 13th, 2019
Jason McLaren

Bland watered down

Bland watered down

Dec 8th, 2018
Neal Ferry

Incredible

Incredible

Jun 13th, 2018