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2017 Ridge Vineyards "Ponzo Vineyard" Russian River Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1435380 95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A roseate red, this is the pinot noir of zinfandel. The variety accounts for 98 percent of the blend (there’s only a touch of petite sirah) and the wine transforms the thin skins of zin into a delicate, transparent structure, displaying clarity in the tannins with notes of raspberry seeds and crushed black peppercorns. It has the kind of tannins that would meld into eggplant tapenade with grilled lamb. The lasting flavors of raspberry and apple skin glow red, the wine’s energy and stamina pumped up with luscious grape gentleness. A California beauty. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very attractive, fresh dark raspberries, red plums and blackcurrants in an upbeat mode. The palate is very plush and succulent with elegance, good weight and depth. The tannin definition really impresses. 98% zinfandel and 2% petite sirah. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Mostly Zinfandel (there's 2% Petite Sirah), the 2017 Zinfandel Ponzo sports a deep purple color as well as a juicy bouquet of blueberries, plums, licorice, and toasted spices. It's a rounded, medium to full-bodied, supple, seamless beauty with plenty of sweet fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's another terrific Zinfandel from this team to enjoy over the coming decade. Inner quote mark (11/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Zinfandel Ponzo, from a vineyard in the Russian River Valley, is bright, perfumed and light on its feet. Floral overtones, vibrant red fruit and mid-weight structure are front and center. This is another 2017 that really impresses with its pulsing acids and Pinot-like feel. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Zinfandel Ponzo Vineyards is blended of 98% Zinfandel and 2% Petite Sirah. It aged ten months in 100% air-dried American oak, 10% new. Medium ruby-purple colored, it opens with youthfully gregarious aromas of sliced stone fruits (smoked cranberries and red cherries), desiccated flowers, baked blueberries and gobs of underbrush, licorice and exotic spices. It's medium to full-bodied, layered, perfumed and light on its feet, with a ripe, grainy frame and just enough juicy freshness on the long, floral finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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