Ridge Vineyards, East Bench Zinfandel, 2018 USA

Ridge Vineyards, East Bench Zinfandel, 2018 USA

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Biodynamic , High ABV 11.5+ , Low Intervention , Organic , Vegan ,
14.9% Vol
Raspberry, Fig, Vanilla
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100% Zinfandel – Organically Grown 94 Points (Editor’s Choice) – Wine Enthusiast 93 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 93 Points – Wine & Spirits 92 Points – Wine Spectator 92 Points – Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle 91 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 91 Points – Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate Raspberry, fig with notes of vanilla on the nose. Flavours of plum and black olive give way to well coated tannins and black olive in the lingering finish. The growing season at this hilltop vineyard began favourably with mild spring weather. Thanks to steady, warm weather throughout August, all seven parcels were ready to pick by early September. After fermenting each separately, we chose six for their exuberant fruit, elegant tannins and balanced acidity. Enjoyable upon release this exemplary zinfandel will evolve over six to seven years. Fermentation: Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic) fermentations; once daily pump-overs; pressed at nine days. Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (10% new, 10% one year-old, 20% three years-old, 20% four years-old, and 20% five years-old). Ageing: Twelve months in barrel Hand-harvested; estate-grown organic grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on the indigenous yeast, followed by a full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel ageing; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35ppm at crush, 75ppm during ageing); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Beautiful complex flavours

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