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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.
Dark crimson red. Opulent aroma of briar fruits, savory spice, clay/mineral earth. Red and black mixed cherry fruits on entry, bright acidity, medium-full body, chalky tannins, tart plum finish.
"Ridge's 2010 Zinfandel East Bench is strikingly beautiful. It is 100% Zinfandel, so varietal nuance is at the forefront. Sweet red cherries, freshly cut flowers and spices waft from the glass in this gorgeous offering. The tannins are still quite firm, but this will be a great wine once the tannins soften. Crystalline notes add a fabulous element of purity on the finish. If anything, the August heat spikes were a help rather than a hindrance here. At $28/bottle the East Bench is one of the great values in American wine and a true standout at any price."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
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...Read More About Ridge Vineyards
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...Read More About Sonoma County
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...Read More About Zinfandel
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