Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel East Bench Dry Creek Valley 2011

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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, i... Read more

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 slow... Read more

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... Read more

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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 01/26/2012

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 Zinfandel East Bench Dry Creek Valley

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    Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

    Distinctive if unapologetically rustic, with wild berry, licorice and smoky dill aromas and ripe, powerful blueberry, tar and leather flavors wrapped in muscular tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. Best from 2010 through 2013.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 08/16/2011

    Garnet/crimson color. Raspberry and red currant fruits, black pepper, brown sugar clay earth, iron/rust. Classic Dry Creek briar, attractive barrel toast and spice, lively acid.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 10/28/2011

    The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from thi... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 1500ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

    Bright spice drives through the complex dark fruit of this old-vine blend, which includes petite sirah (16 percent) and carignane (4). Therersquo;s some funk to it that reads like Brett, but it hasnrsquo;t taken over the wine. The zesty acidity makes it more versatile than most zins, especially with roast turkey or duck with cherries.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

    This starts with the sweetness of Dry Creek zin, with plush, candied red fruit that turns savory as tannins darken the wine into the finish. It ends with lovely briskness, a fine balance between the fruit sweetness and the tannin. With age, the earthy complexities of the wine should evolve.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

    The 2007 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red (71% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan; 14.4% alcohol) exhibits a similar dark ruby/purple hue as well as more black fruits and spice in the impressive aromatics. It is a fuller-bodied, richer wine with beautiful texture, purity, and length. Enjoy it over the next 7ndash;10 years


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

    Deep ruby-red. Vivid red and dark berry aromas are complemented by dusty floral and mineral notes, with a suave rose quality gaining power with air. Deep cassis and bitter cherry flavors are energized by tangy minerality, picking up exotic floral pastille and candied licorice nuances on the back end. Smooth and sweet, with fine-grained tannins and a long, sappy finish. This is balanced to reward at least another five to seven years of patience.


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