Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2016
SKU: 03569

Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2016

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Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Brand Ridge Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
Blackberry, cocoa licorice on the nose. Full-bodied palate with fig and plum fruit, chalky tannins, mineral and chaparral notes on the finish.
Vinous
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The 2016 Zinfandel East Bench is supported by bright acids that give the wine the tension and energy that are typical of Dry Creek. Primary sweet red and purplish berry fruit notes are pushed forward in this vibrant, beautifully delineated pure Zinfandel. Readers may want to cellar the 2016 for a few years, as it is tightly wound today, but all the elements are impeccably balanced. The East Bench abuts the Syrah block at Lytton Springs. Put simply: what a wine!

Antonio Galloni, August 2018
Jeb Dunnuck
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Made from 100% Zinfandel, the 2016 Zinfandel East Bench comes from a site just beside Lytton Springs and is another charming, beautifully pure wine from this estate that should be snatched up by readers. Offering medium-bodied notes of blueberries, mulberries, crushed flowers, and spice, it has plenty of sweet fruit, beautiful balance, and the purity of fruit that's the hallmark of this great vintage. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.

February 14, 2019
Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Zinfandel East Bench offers up classic aromas of blackberry, cherry pit, warm spices and licorice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with velvety tannins, an ample core of succulent fruit and lovely balance. Generous and structurally open-knit, this is already delicious, but it should be well worth following for the next 8 years or more.

William Kelley, May 31, 2018
Wine Spectator
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Offers an appealing briary structure, accented by bright cherry, smoky dill and pepper flavors that linger on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2024. 6,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, October 15, 2018