90 points Fine Wine Review: The Ponzo Zinfandel is classic Ridge style with hints of American oak that support Zinfan...Read more...
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... Read more
On the nose, baking spice, deep red ripe fruit, stone mineral and graphite. Richly flavored with berry, licorice, a savory bacon quality with blac... Read more
Fantastic Zin. Will age very well, complex, well balanced, nice fruit forward. Read more
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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
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
Fantastic Zin. Will age very well, complex, well balanced, nice fruit forward.
A great performance from this Zin tonight. Dark purple in the glass. Dark and alluring aromas of candied blueberry, confectioners sugar, vanilla cookie and pepper. The nose leads you to believe that the palate may be overwhelming but instead it's elegant and graceful with gripping acidity which keeps its sweet raspberry, cranberry fruit with vanilla in line. Dark chocolate on the brambly fruit finish that leaves you feeling refreshed. The greatest thing about this wine is how utterly rich these notes sound but how utterly elegant and juicy the wine really is.
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.
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
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.
great paired with grano padano oltre 20 mesi, good with parmigianno reggiano oltre 22 mesi
External Reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine
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.
Nicely ripened but not defined by its ripeness and comfortably fruited without being aggressively
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.
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.
Blackberry jam, tart plum, crushed peppercorn, dusty mineral earth. Full-bodied, exotic red/black raspberry fruit. Nicely integrated tannins; fresh, lively acidity.
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
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)
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