Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2009
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
"A rich, lusty and satisfying
Zinfandel, showing classic varietal flavors of ripe, wild
red berries, tobacco, soy sauce, bacon and white pepper.
Alcohol is notable in the slight heat and glyceriney
sweetness, but those elements are welcome parts of the
wine’s personality. Drink now."
"The 2009 Zinfandel East Bench is a big, burly wine loaded with dark cherries, flowers, tobacco and sweet herbs, all of which come together on a medium-bodied frame. It shows lovely length and personality, although some rough edges remain. With air, though, some of those angular contours begin to soften. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."
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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...
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...
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