|Martin Wine Cellar (New Orleans – Metairie – Mandeville)||USD 15.99 $15.99 750ml|
Ridge Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley East Bench 2009
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley East Bench
Deep red. Sweet dark berry and kirsch scents are complicated by musky herbs, dried flowers and minerals, with a suave undercurrent of oak spice contributing sweetness. Powerful cassis and bitter cherry flavors are firmed by youthful tannins, which add grip to the finish. Possesses the focus, balance and concentration to repay a decade or more in the cellar.
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.
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.
A zesty spice bomb of a Zinfandel, with boysenberry, ripe cherry, licorice and roasted herb notes and long, deep flavors that build toward firm, cedary tannins on the finish. Best from 2008 through 2012.
Excellent structure, with tight, mineral-edged tannins and a core of zesty wild berry and black cherry flavors that are firm and concentrated. Itrsquo;s almost Bordeaux-like in its balance and restraint. Drink now through 2009.
One of the most famous names in Zinfandel-land is Lytton Springs, and Ridgersquo;s 2002 Lytton Springs (75% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, and 5% Carignan) boasts a deep ruby/purple hue along with a big, sweet nose of briery, blueberry, and blackberry fruit, full body, good acidity, and notions of pepper, loamy earth, and licorice. While this beauty will undoubtedly last a decade, it should be at its finest over the next 5ndash;6 years.
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.
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