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Located on the benchland on the far Eastern edge of Dry Creek Valley, East Bench vineyard is an ideal place to grow Zinfandel. Although the site is fairly new to Ridge, it has a long viticultural history. The original vines were abandoned in the early 1900’s; the vineyard blocks have been replanted one by one over the last thirty years. Ridge’s East Bench is currently produced from vines planted in 2000 and 2001.
The soil is comprised of clay loam with ancient river rock. Iron-rich and reddish in color, deep and well-weathered, it is ideal for growing wine grapes, especially Zinfandel. The soils are identical across the bench as are the climatic conditions, giving the vines the chance to demonstrate their distinctive character as they mature fully. This terroir brings forth a true Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel that shows the characteristic red and black fruit profile and dusty spice that are the hallmarks of the appellation.
The 2017 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel is one of the few monovarietals made by Ridge and is crafted from organically-grown grapes. Aged in a combination of new and seasoned American oak barrels, it is full-bodied yet elegant, with aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, raspberries, and black cherries. Accents of cedar, brambly earth, and sweet baking spice unfold on the palate, adding depth and complexity.
90 points, The Fine Wine Review:
"This was a low-yield year and the wine shows it with good density and depth to go with the intense, spicy crushed blackberry fruit and some almond from American oak. The wine is good for drinking now and over the next 6-8 years." (April 2019)
Producer Name: Ridge Vineyards
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: USA
Region: Sonoma Valley
Sub-Region: Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard: East Bench
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietal: Zinfandel
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork