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2019 East Bench Zinfandel, Ridge Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, USA


Case Size: Single Bottle
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Sale price£39.95

2019 East Bench Zinfandel, Ridge Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, USA

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OVERVIEW

If you're looking for a pure hit of top quality Zinfandel then this Ridge, 100% East Bench Zinfandel from a superb Sonoma vintage simply can't be beaten, especially at this price.

Delectable today, weighty, ripe and bursting with dark fruits, this wine will evolve over the next decade, we recommend another Ridge case buy!

CRITIC REVIEWS

Based on 100% Zinfandel, the 2019 Zinfandel East Bench has a great perfume of red plums, wild strawberries, and flowery incense, with just hints of cigar and dried orange peel emerging with time in the glass. While it’s not a blockbuster, it brings gorgeous intensity and richness in a medium-bodied, weightless, elegant package that delivers ripe tannins and notable acidity. 95 Points. Jeb Dubbock

Fresh, almost pinot-like sensibility with the mouth feel. A beautifully spread wine that fills the palate, but maintains freshness and brightness. Real purity of fruit here. Lots of black and red cherry. Citrus undertones. 100% zinfandel. Drink now. 94 Points. James Suckling

Amazingly deep and seductive fruit aromas like freshly crushed blackberries are followed by concentrated black fruits and moderate tannins in this bold and full-bodied wine. Its ripeness verges on sweetness and is delicious to savor. 93 Points. Wine Enthusiast

FOOD PAIRING INSPIRATION

This 100% Zinfandel will pair well with roast pork, fatty poultry like duck or goose as well as a barbeque. Will even pair with some chocolate desserts.

VINTAGE AND WINEMAKING

2019 has been rated an outstanding vintage for Zinfandel is Sonoma and Ridge has taken all the natural advantages of the vintage and coupled that with typical quality winemaking.

The growing season enjoyed above average rainfall and the yields were both bountiful and of high quality. Harvested in mid September.

The grapes are hand-harvested; destemmed and crushed then fermented on the indigenousness yeasts, followed by primary and secondary fermentation on the naturally-occurring bacteria.

The wine undergoes a daily pump over and is pressed after seven days. The wine is matured in 100% air-dried American oak barrels for twelves month in a mixture of barrels up to 5 years old with 20% new oak.

PRODUCER NOTES

Quite simply some of the most sought after wines in the world competing in quality with the very best of Bordeaux in their reds and the finest Grand Cru Burgundies with their whites. Many of the wines come from old vines and are exceptionally concentrated benefitting from being delicious in youth and also age-worthy developing delicious tertiary characteristics over their evolution.

The 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting catapulted Ridge into the spotlight and instant international acclaim and their wines grew in reputation (and price!) over the ensuing years. However, there has been little change at Ridge itself.

Ridge and Paul Draper have always concentrated on extracting the maximum potential from their vines looking for flavour and concentration in the vineyard with minimal intervention in the winery. Their range of Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays from Monte Bello's fine terroir plus the Zinfandels from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County, are among some of the best wines in the world.

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SERVICE AND STORAGE TIPS

This wine should be stored around 12°C and served between 16-18°C. We recommend a minimum of 3 hours decanting before approaching this wine.

    DELIVERY INFORMATION

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    2019 East Bench Zinfandel, Ridge Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, USA

    Wine Card
    Wine Producer Ridge Vineyards
    Wine Region California, USA
    Wine Classification Dry Creek Valley AVA
    Wine Type Red
    Grape Variety Zinfandel
    Vintage 2019
    Vintage Quality Excellent - Parker
    Maturity Will Improve with age
    Body Full Bodied
    Sweetness Dry
    Alcohol % 14.8%
    Bottle Type Bordeaux 75cl
    Serving Temperature 16-18°C
    Food Pairing Duck, Goose, Turkey, BBQ
    Awards 95 Points - Jeb Dubbock
    94 Points - James Suckling
    93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

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