2016 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles

Year: 2016
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Jeb Dunnuck: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.6%
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"Appealingly old-school, with briary black cherry and smoky pepper beef flavors and a whiff of coconut that build zestiness on the long finish. Drink now through 2024." -T.F." (WS)

"The 2016 Zinfandel Paso Robles is lovely, wafting from the glass with aromas of ripe blackberries, plum preserves and rich spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied, lavish and velvety, with an ample core of ripe, sun-kissed fruit, lovely purity and a sweet, lingering finish. As ever, this is one of the very finest Zinfandels produced in the region, and its naked, effortless style should be a beacon for other producers to follow. It derives from the Benito Dusi Ranch, which is visible from Route 101 as you drive through Paso Robles. Ridge produced their first vintage from this site in 1967." (WA)

"First impressions, as this offering demonstrates, can sometimes be misleading, and the nicely stated mix of black and red berries that comes across fairly forcefully in its nose is a relatively weak presence in the diminished flavors that ensue. The wine is clean and balanced but not nearly as well-filled as expected, and, while a useful partner to simple red-sauced pastas, it comes up short on the fruity richness of top-shelf Zin. Reviewed: June 2018" (CG)

"The 2016 Zinfandel Paso Robles comes all from the Benito Dusi Ranch Vineyard and has textbook notes of red and black currants, cedarwood, dried flowers, and herbes de Provence. It's medium-bodied, charming, and elegant on the palate, and opens up nicely with time in the glass. It offers plenty of pleasure and should drink nicely for 4-6 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
2016 Zinfandel, Paso Robles, bottled 11/17 A wet winter helped the vines recover from drought. Yields returned to normal. Summer warmth ripened the crop for a late August harvest. Destemmed and fully crushed grapes were sent to tanks for submerged-cap fermentation, lasting eleven days. This made a wine with great complexity and richness. Showing Paso Robles? warm region character, it?s appealing now, and will continue to develop over the next eight years. -EB (8/17)