Fritz Maytag started planting zinfandel at his ranch in the Mayacamas in 1970 followed by Petite Sirah in 1973. Those vines, along with newer plantings, provide this fragrant, elegant blend (89% Zin, 11% Petite). It's heady without being extracted, the Petite Sirah lending complexity to the sunny, red berry flavors of the Zin. Not overripe. Not potent. Just assured.
11% Petite Sirah. Solidly fruity right from the start with touches of caramel and new leather overlying its essential themes of ripe berries and plums, Ridge's York Creek bottling proves that full ripeness in Zin does not necessarily come with bothersome heat or jammy simplicity. It is moderately rich but never flamboyant, and, if trimmed with noticeable edge of Petite Sirah tannin, it is very much a table wine in direction and will develop nicely if set aside for a few years.
Burly and rather rustic, this recalls old-style California Zinfandel, with ripe black raspberry and licorice aromas and sturdy blackberry and sage flavors that finish with chewy tannins.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)