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Ridge Vineyards 'Ponzo Vnyd' Zinfandel 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit stinky in the nose, earthy and very dark with crushed berry fruit accented by light pepper and ink notes. Crisp entry and then quite tense in the mouth with a bit of wood tannin sticking out early on the palate. The fruit here, a little spicy and red, is quite clear if tight and rather soil driven supported by bright acids and small if slightly hard tannins that extend out on the long, mineral driven finish,. This seems to still be a bit disjointed and though it shows promise is missing a little something. 88pts

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Ridge Vineyards:
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

Editorial Reviews for Ridge Vineyards 'Ponzo Vnyd' Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/02/2013

A bit stinky in the nose, earthy and very dark with crushed berry fruit accented by light pepper and ink notes. Crisp entry and then quite tense in the mouth with a bit of wood tannin sticking out early on the palate. The fruit here, a little spicy and red, is quite clear if tight and rather soil driven supported by bright acids and small if slightly hard tannins that extend out on the long, mineral driven finish,. This seems to still be a bit disjointed and though it shows promise is missing a little something. 88pts


Member Reviews for Ridge Vineyards 'Ponzo Vnyd' Zinfandel

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/23/2012

On the nose, baking spice, deep red ripe fruit, stone mineral and graphite. Richly flavored with berry, licorice, a savory bacon quality with black pepper, spice, smoke and a mix of red and black berries. Sweet on the mid palate. Nicely balanced. 6/16/12


Snooth User: WillMartin
1020180376
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/23/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: azinman
74069428
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/03/2011

Fantastic Zin. Will age very well, complex, well balanced, nice fruit forward.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,230
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/03/2009

The wine was a dark purple color in the glass and wafted aromas of black cherry fruit followed by confectioners sugar, sage, and a bit of nail polish remover (I mean that in a good way) which added a floral perfume and kept me with my nose to the glass for minutes on end. On the palate it delivered big, lush brambly fruit with spicy vanilla and dark chocolate flavors. The Ridge Ponzo Vineyard was a big, structured, rich, full-bodied Zinfandel with a long red fruit finish. It’s a wine that will age for years in your cellar but probably only moments in your glass.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549198,230
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/08/2010

Another great performance from this bottle. Aromas of dusty wild berries with floral perfume. The palate is structured and switched between red and blue fruits with mulling spices. Gorgeous acidity. Great bottle of zin


Snooth User: ersparks
75650363
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/03/2011

This is one of my favorite Zinfandels. The flavor has that ineffable quality that all great Zins should have. The taste was wonderfully bold but balanced at the same time.


Snooth User: mima
8654130
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/16/2010

great paired with grano padano oltre 20 mesi, good with parmigianno reggiano oltre 22 mesi


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External Reviews for Ridge Vineyards 'Ponzo Vnyd' Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/21/2014

Nicely ripened but not defined by its ripeness and comfortably fruited without being aggressively "fruity" this year's Ponzo fits the Ridge model of refinement and winemaking polish. Its deep flavors of dark berries graphite and vanilla are right in step with its complex comparatively sophisticated aromas and if perhaps showing a bit of vintage-induced reluctance it is exceptionally well-balanced stuff that will have an easy time fitting in with a very wide range of foods. Connoisseurs Guide.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

Nicely ripened but not defined by its ripeness and comfortably fruited without being aggressively


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/27/2011

WE 91 Pts - Winemakers Notes - Medium garnet. Scented red fruits, tart plum, white pepper, dried herbs, crushed stone. Elegant entry; sweet red currant, strawberry, lightly toasted oak. Medium body, finely woven tannins, refreshing acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/16/2011

Medium garnet. Scented red fruits, tart plum, white pepper, dried herbs, crushed stone. Elegant entry; sweet red currant, strawberry, lightly toasted oak. Medium body, finely woven tannins, refreshing acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 12/08/2012

While the Russian River Valley is a cool-climate area, the vineyard sourcing for this wine is in a warmer, eastern part of the appellation. It's ultra-rich in berry, licorice and bacon flavors that are sweet in the middle palate, but finish with a dry sco


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/07/2013

Ponzo Vineyard is located on the northernmost edge of the Russian River Valley appellation. Ponzo would be unique if only for the fact that it is our sole property within the Russian River Valley appellation.


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