**Best Buy** Ridge may be known for old-vine Zin but the future is with the young, like this vineyard the Ridge team planted between 2000 and '01 using massal selection from four pre-Prohibition vineyards. This Zin grows on iron-rich clay loam and river rock, trained as bush vines, yielding a wine with bold intensity and a friendly sort of finesse. It's bright, vinous and spicy, with Zinny florals that seem to rise right out of the meaty tennins. Old vines rarely produce a wine with this sort of exuberance. Decant it for roast lamb.
The more powerful 2008 Zinfandel East Bench (100% Zinfandel; nearly 15% alcohol) boasts a dark plum/ruby color in addition to a big, sweet bouquet of briery fruit, earth, and pepper. Softer and fleshier than the 2007, it is meant for near-term consumption...(RP)
A classically styled Dry Creek Zinfandel, with briary cherry and spicy dill aromas and flavors that open with a burst of ripe raspberry but evolve into dry, crisp plum and licorice notes, with rustic tannins. Drink now through 2016
Saturated ruby. Powerful aromas of ripe red and dark fruits, musky herbs and flowers, with slow-building spiciness. Warm and expansive in the mouth, offering lush cherry and blackberry flavors and notes of vanilla and anise. Dusty tannins add gentle grip to the finish, but this zinfandel leads with its fruit, which absorbs any edges. This could be drunk now with pleasure.
This is a direct, drink-me-now- fruity Zinfandel with the flavors of raspberry-cherry granola bar. There's a sweet, roasted almond and brown sugar edge, with lots of black pepper. Drink now.
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