Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine 2011
90 points Fine Wine Review: The Ponzo Zinfandel is classic Ridge style with hints of American oak that support Zinfandel dark berry and plum fruit. The wine is medium-weight and still has some tannins, although the winemaker's notes suggest consuming the wine over the next 3-5 years, but I think it will be even better in a year or two (or if you decant for a few hours), so it may well last longer than that estimate, too. A good versatile wine that can stand up to many rustic and powerful dishes. 14.1% alcohol. (Issue #140; 2013)
Editorial Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine
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
External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine
Nicely ripened but not defined by its ripeness and comfortably fruited without being aggressively
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.