Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2012

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The 1996 Lytton Springs Red Wine (78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan and 1% Grenache) possesses 14.5% alcohol. It boasts the sweetest, jammiest nose, as well as a healthy dark ruby/purple color, full body, robust, chewy flavors, and the best length of these offerings. This expansively-flavored wine should drink well for 5ndash;6 years.

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The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name... Read more
The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone (third person on bench wearing tall boots), a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge's production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the "upper vineyard." In the 1940s, William Short, a theologian, bought the abandoned winery and vineyard just below the Perrone property; he replanted several parcels to cabernet sauvignon in the late 1940s. From these vines — now the "middle vineyard"— new owners Dave Bennion and his three partners, all Stanford Research Institute engineers, made a quarter-barrel of "estate" cabernet. That Monte Bello Cabernet was among California's finest wines of the era. Its quality and distinctive character, and the wines produced from these same vines in 1960 and '61, convinced the partners to re-bond the winery in time for the 1962 vintage. The first zinfandel was made in 1964, from a small nineteenth-century vineyard farther down the ridge. This was followed in 1966 by the first Geyserville zinfandel. The founding families reclaimed the Monte Bello terraces, increasing vineyard size from fifteen to forty-five acres. Working on weekends, they made wines of regional character and unprecedented intensity. By 1968, production had increased to just under three thousand cases per year, and in 1969, Paul Draper joined the partnership. A Stanford graduate in philosophy—recently returned from setting up a winery in Chile's coast range—he was a practical winemaker, not an enologist. His knowledge of fine wines and traditional methods complemented the straightforward "hands off" approach pioneered at Ridge. Under his guidance the old Perrone winery (acquired the previous year) was restored, the finest vineyard lands leased or purchased, the consistent quality and international reputation of the wines established. Cabernet and zinfandel account for most of the production; syrah, grenache, carignane, and petite sirah constitute a small percentage. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of chardonnay since 1962. Lytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century's experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit's distinctive character and richness into the wine. Read less

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Snooth User: HighOnFire
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 07/25/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Eric Guido
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/15/2011

The nose showed red wild berries, a dusting of cinnamon sugar, hints of minerals and herbs, and a whiff of dark baker’s chocolate. On the palate, it was beautifully balanced and elegant with a firm start and juicy finish. Ripe red and blue fruits went from sweet to tart as it flowed across the palate. The finish was long and spicy.


Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/25/2012

A little black cherry and dark chocolate on the nose. Hint of blackberry. Nice cherry and a little raisin on the palate. I find if I sip it slowly and let it linger for a bit the raisin stands out a bit more. All in all very nice. For the price though I've found a few others that are just as good for half the cost. I've had some Marietta's that I found very similar. In fact that was my first thought upon my very first taste. I've had quite a few Marietta Old Vine Reds that taste almost exactly like this, and considering that I can get one of those for $10 I'd have to say that I'd almost give that a higher rating. The wine itself is quite good, I just feel that you're paying more for the name on the label with this one. My rating is based entirely on the quality of the wine, but if price were also a consideration I'd probably drop it by one glass.


Snooth User: Steven Isaac
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/05/2011

I really like this bottle. Needs to be decanted just a little before drinkink. It shapes up very nicely. It's got a plum purple color. Smell is simple - spicy & light fruit. Initial attack: it sticks to the front of your toungue and rolls back tartly into a spicy long finsh which continues thoughout. This would be awsome with some steamed spinach and steak.


Snooth User: rar8888
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 07/16/2010

This is a fantastic bottle of zin!!! This is a 92% zin and 8% petite sirah blend and the 8% petite sirah makes a big contribution adding muscle and additional depth. Lots of spice and white pepper notes in this well balanced bottle.

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  • External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    The 1996 Lytton Springs Red Wine (78% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignan and 1% Grenache) possesses 14.5% alcohol. It boasts the sweetest, jammiest nose, as well as a healthy dark ruby/purple color, full body, robust, chewy flavors, and the best length of these offerings. This expansively-flavored wine should drink well for 5ndash;6 years.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    Without the stamp of one particular varietal, this wine manages to provide complex, well-integrated, spicy plum and wild berry and taosty, cedary oak. A touch hot on the finish, but itrsquo;s rich and intense, with lots of power and flavor. Drink now through 2003. A blend: 78 percent Zinfandel, 19 percent Petite Sirah, 2 percent Carignane, 1 percent Grenache.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    The Lytton Springs Proprietary Red Wine (14.9% alcohol) exhibits a saturated purple color in addition to sumptuous aromas of truffles, licorice, loamy soil, blackberry liqueur, and cherries. There are layers of concentration, sweet glycerin in the mid-palate, and a blockbuster, concentrated, opulently-textured finish. It should drink well for six years.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    Another Ridge classic, the deep ruby/purple-colored 1998 Litton Springs (14.3% alcohol; 77% zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 4% Matero, 2% Carignan and 1% Alicante) boasts a sweet nose of briery fruit intermixed with red and black currants, minerals, pepper and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, with dried Provenccedil;al herb characteristics that emerge with airing, this fleshy, beautifully pure, and stunningly proportioned Zinfandel can be drunk now as well as over the next 5ndash;6 years.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    Bright ruby-red. Complex, deeply pitched aromas of sappy blackberry, dark chocolate, game, leather and earth. Very full and ripe in the mouth, but with a captivating sappy quality. Flavors of dark berries, violet and spice are lifted by a peppery nuance. In a distinctly sweeter style, and more harmonious than usual at this stage of its evolution. Big, deep and impressively structured; finishes with substantial but ripe tannins. A superb showing.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    A walk on the wild side, with earthy, funky sour cherry, tar and jammy notes. Offers plenty of depth, but the flavors keep you off balance. Best to cellar short term and keep your fingers crossed. Best form 2003 through 2008.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

    A vineyard blend that included 16% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignane, 4% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Meaty, funky and ripe, with intense fruit, lots of earthy, barnyard accents, and a long, tannic finish. This is old style Zin, no holds barred, with full-throttle flavors for aficionados.


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