2006 Ridge Vineyards "York Creek" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1041338 93 points Wine & Spirits

 One of the friendliest Ridge Zins we've tasted in a long time, this is exuberant and focused on fresh black cherry flavors. It has a cool, foresty feel to balance the tannins and their lasting spice. Give those tannins anything meaty, especially slow-smoked ribs.  (2/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby with a bright rim. Raspberry, cherry and cinnamon on the nose. Brighter than the Paso Robles bottling, with nervier red berry flavors and notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate. A medium-bodied zinfandel with fully absorbed tannins and impressive finishing lift. Sexy wine, and drinking well right now.  (12/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe and a bit chewy, but full-flavored, with wild berry cobbler aromas and youthful but firm dried cherry, cracked pepper and roasted dill flavors.  (12/2008)

K&L Notes

Ridge first started harvesting Zinfandel from York Creek Vineyard, perched atop Spring Mountain, back in 1975, drawn to its gravelly loam soils. The 2006 vintage is aged in a combination of new and used American oak barrels; this is an opulent wine that really packs a punch. With juicy fruit and lots of spice, this complex wine will drink well for the next decade.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2009 | Send Email
It might not be news to anyone, but Ridge is one of the top producers in California, and certainly one of the very best proponents of Zinfandel. The 2006 York Creek is one of the purest that I have had from their fantastic line up, and I need to make room in the cellar to load up on this classic. This has loads and loads of wild black fruit framed by a touch of vanilla from the American oak... Yet it is a dry wine. I think that this will go very well with ribs and pulled pig this summer, and for many, many summers to come. No one in the California wine business has a better track record for ageable zin than Ridge!
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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8