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2017 Ridge Vineyards "East Bench" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1408701 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Zinfandel East Bench, made from 100% Zinfandel aged 12 months in 10% American oak, has a medium ruby color and is scented of violet, lilac, warm peaches and yellow apricot with wet clay, dust, red and black cherries, bramble fruit and notions of dried herbs and earth melted right into all that fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it has wonderful earth-tinged fruits in the mouth with chalky, integrated tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and layered. A more serious expression. (EB)  (2/2020)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2017 Zinfandel East Bench comes from the Dry Creek Valley and has a classic bouquet of spice blue fruits, sweet kirsch, cedar, and tobacco leaf. It's a juicy, forward, delicious effort that has notable purity, as well as balance. Drink it anytime over the coming 15 years or more.  (6/2019)

90 points Vinous

 The 2017 Zinfandel East Bench is bold and forward, with all of the intensity of Dry Creek very much in evidence. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, leather, licorice, spice and chocolate all race out of the glass. The East Bench is always extroverted in style, as it is once again in 2017. (AG)  (10/2019)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine is a paean to Ridge’s devotion to California’s viticultural heritage. The 19th-century vineyard site, neighboring Ridge’s Lytton Springs vineyard, was abandoned in the early 20th century. Working with cuttings from four pre-phylloxera vineyards, Ridge has been replanting the site, including the two blocks that provided this wine, planted in 2000 and ’01. They produced a lean, fragrant red in 2017, a gracious young zinfandel with notes of stewed cherries and shiso.  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

Ridge has been producing the "East Bench" Zinfandel since 2006, made from fruit sourced from estate vineyard situated on the eastern bench of the ridge overlooking Sonoma's County's Dry Creek Valley. Hand-harvested and fermented naturally using native yeasts, this bottling is one of only two wines in the Ridge lineup that is 100% Zinfandel.


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