2018 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench

Year: 2018
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :

"Appealingly old-school and just rustic enough to highlight the vibrant, briary wild berry flavors, laced with dried sage and licorice notes, building tension toward lively tannins. Drink now through 2028. 6,250 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"The 2018 Zinfandel East Bench has aromas of spice-laced red and black berries with accents of earth and tar. Medium-bodied, the palate is surprisingly juicy, with earth-laced fruits, pleasantly chewy tannins and a lifted finish. 6,250 cases produced.

In January 2021, Ridge's long-time winemaker Eric Baugher announced his departure from the company in order to pursue a new winemaking venture in Napa. John Olney, who has been with Ridge for 25 years, is the new COO and head winemaker. He will oversee production at both the Monte Bello and Lytton Springs facilities." (WA)

"The 2018 Zinfandel East Bench is an absolute joy to taste. Bright acids perk up the sweet red berry fruit in this lively, flavorful 100% Zinfandel from vineyards in Dry Creek. Fresh, vinous and so wonderfully inviting, the 2018 is delicious now, but also has the energy to develop in bottle for another decade, perhaps more." (VM)

"Putting a very fine first foot forward with a well-defined nose of optimally ripened blackberries that is immediately inviting while suggesting the kind of depth and reserve that extends it beyond being simply "fruity," the East Bench bottling turns out to be a bit tighter than billed once in the mouth, and, while initially fleshy and reasonably deep in fruit, it is beset by fairly intrusive tannins that, while far from abrasive, need to be tamed by at least two or three years of cellaring. Reviewed: July 2020" (CG)

"All Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley, the 2018 Zinfandel East Bench offers up a great, pure, medium to full-bodied style that carries lots of classic spice, brambly herbs, incense, and plum-laced fruits. Nicely balanced, structured, and with solid length, this terrific Zinfandel will be even better with a year in bottle and keep for a decade." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Raspberry, fig with notes of vanilla on the nose. Flavors of plum and black olive give way to well coated tannins and black olive in the lingering finish. JO (1/20)