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2006 Ridge Vineyards "York Creek" Napa Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1041338 93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (12/2008)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (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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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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