2010 Ridge Vineyards "Ponzo Vineyard" Russian River Zinfandel

SKU #1117368 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Open, nicely fruity, enriched by creamy oak and just plain easy to drink in a somewhat direct and entirely likeable way, Ridge's Ponzo bottling is a great example of straightahead Zinfandel. If it is less complex than its pricier partners in the Ridge lineup, it is also so precise in its "pure" berryish fruit that it offers a brilliantly clear look at the variety's personality. Moderate in its tannins but not without enough grip to work with most pork or pasta dishes, it does not want a lot of cellar time but is sure to reward it nonetheless.  (1/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (includes 4% petite sirah): Inky ruby. Intense, spice- and mineral accented red berry aromas pick up a floral nuance with air. Juicy and penetrating, offering lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and hints of licorice and musky herbs. A subtle vanilla quality comes through on the finish, which lingers with a lasting spicy note.  (5/2013)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A controversial wine that will divide the Zinfandel community. Some will find the earthiness and herbaceousness an attractive complication to the briary berry fruit and spices. Others will think it’s not quite ripe and lacking richness. The score reflects the wine’s complexity and adaptability to a wide range of fancy foods.  (12/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Tightly wound yet richly structured, offering boysenberry and spiced anise aromas, with deep, crisp plum, dill and earthy mineral flavors that finish with big, ripe tannins. Best from 2014 through 2018. 1,250 cases made.  (12/2012)

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Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5