Ridge’s 2010 Zinfandel East Bench is strikingly beautiful. It is 100% Zinfandel, so varietal nuance is at the forefront. Sweet red cherries, freshly cut flowers and spices waft from the glass in this gorgeous offering. The tannins are still quite firm, but this will be a great wine once the tannins soften. Crystalline notes add a fabulous element of purity on the finish. If anything, the August heat spikes were a help rather than a hindrance here. At $28 a bottle, the East Bench is one of the great values in American wine and a true standout at any price. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
Opaque violet color. Cherry-vanilla and blueberry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, cola and peppery spices. Broad, fleshy and sweet on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sweet black and blue fruit qualities and a suave floral pastille nuance. Youthfully firm tannins add shape and grip to a long, intensely perfumed finish.
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