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2009 Ridge Vineyards "Ponzo Vineyard" Russian River Zinfandel

SKU #1069464 91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark While the Russian River Valley is a cool-climate area, the vineyard sourcing for this wine is in a warmer, eastern part of the appellation. It's ultra-rich in berry, licorice and bacon flavors that are sweet in the middle palate, but finish with a dry scoure of tannins. Lovely now and over the next six years. Inner quote mark (9/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Raspberry, blueberry and vanilla aromas are complicated by tobacco and dried flowers and lifted by a spicy element. Sweet and dense but lively, with energetic spicy cut and a vanillin oak nuance to the flavors of plum jam, blue fruits and licorice. A peppery, refreshingly bitter herbal note adds nerve to the long, smooth finish. I'd serve this with a spicy piece of grilled lamb or steak. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Teaming high-toned hints of cranberries with the more usual blackberry fruit of classic Zinfandel, this well-balanced wine is supple to start and increasingly firm as it crosses the palate. If arguably a touch tart and given to acidy stiffness at the finish, it is very much the unevolved youngster, and, given a couple of years of cellaring in which to grow into itself, it should emerge as a temperate, food-worthy Zin. Inner quote mark (9/2011)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rustic but zesty, with tart blueberry, cherry and herb aromas and briary flavors that show dill, jalapeño and pepper notes. Drink now through 2016. Inner quote mark (8/2011)

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