Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine 2011

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90 points Fine Wine Review: The Ponzo Zinfandel is classic Ridge style with hints of American oak that support Zinfan...

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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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065211,245
3.50 5
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


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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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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: 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
92549166,030
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: Eric Guido
92549166,030
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/01/2010

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.


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549166,030
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: 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 Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
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
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

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


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 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.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2008 09/01/2010

Blackberry jam, tart plum, crushed peppercorn, dusty mineral earth. Full-bodied, exotic red/black raspberry fruit. Nicely integrated tannins; fresh, lively acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

"Raspberry/guava/pepper nose. Rich red fruit


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Ratings & Tags for Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards Zinfandel Wine

rated this wine
4.40 5
11/01/2013

1020180 Snooth User: WillMartin
rated this wine
4.00 5
2009 07/23/2012

rated this wine
3.00 5
2006 01/21/2009

184114 Snooth User: danimal
rated this wine
4.00 5
2004 05/21/2009

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4.00 5
2004 06/02/2009

224135 Snooth User: dcortevi
rated this wine
4.50 5
2004 07/28/2009

rated this wine
3.50 5
2004 06/11/2009

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Winemaker's Notes:

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)

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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