2009 Ridge Vineyards "East Bench" Dry Creek Zinfandel SKU #1069465


CG 92 WE 92 RP 91
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92 points and an Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast: "A rich, lusty and satisfying Zinfandel, showing classic varietal flavors of ripe, wild red berries, tobacco, soy sauce, bacon and white pepper. Alcohol is notable in the slight heat and glyceriney sweetness, but those elements are welcome parts of the wine's personality. Drink now." (09/11) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Zinfandel East Bench is a big, burly wine loaded with dark cherries, flowers, tobacco and sweet herbs, all of which come together on a medium-bodied frame. It shows lovely length and personality, although some rough edges remain. With air, though, some of those angular contours begin to soften. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019." (08/11) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Raspberry jam and cherry on the nose, along with intense vanillin oak and baking spice notes. Lush and open-knit, offering ripe red and dark berry flavors that show a touch of heat. The vanilla note carries through the broad, long, liqueur-like finish. This is carrying 15.2% alcohol." (May/June 11) And from Wine Spectator: "Distinctive for its deep, rich fruit that blends ripe black cherry with spicy dilled raspberry. The flavors are zesty and a touch earthy, with notes of toasty herb and briary anise, while the tannins are a bit rustic on the finish. Drink now through 2016." (08/11)


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