Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2009
Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 108926)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 91 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is our fourth vintage from vines on the benchland overlooking Dry Creek Valley from the north east. The soils are identical across the bench as are the climatic conditions giving the wines the chance to demonstrate consistent character as they mature. The original vineyards were abandoned around 1920, but the blocks have been gradually replanted over the last thirty years. This wine is from vines replanted in 2000, using several selections of budwood from our own old-vine vineyards. The East Bench zinfandel is classic Dry Creek – rich and structured with brambly dark fruit and chalky yet balanced tannins.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Ridge Vineyards:

About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.