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Ridge Vineyards

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Rating: B-C
Oct 1st, 2005
650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Phone: 707 433 7721

Hours: Open Daily 11am - 4pm

Club/Discounts: Two Clubs to choose from. One for private release wines and the other for only Zinfandel. 10% discou

Tasting Fees: Free Tasting. Members list Tasting: $5

Ridge are famous for the Monte Bello and this is the wine we really wanted to taste, but understandably they were not pouring it in the tasting room. It was disappointing that we had to buy a bottle of their Cab to get a taste - not so much that we had to buy the bottle but more because we gave everyone in the tasting room a taste and they ended up selling a lot of bottles of the Cab, without giving me any thanks. Some basic sales skills would have left me with a better taste. Other than that, it's a large new tasting room that caters well to a crowd.

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2007 Montebello Cabernet Sauvignon ($145)Rating: C-D
Mar 5th, 2011
Lovely mouthful of big purple fruit and tannins, has the depth and complexity that it should given the price point. Probably not on most folks everyday shopping or drinking list but if you can lay it down for a few years and let it grow into itself or for a special occasion. At $10 per sample, sipping it very slowly and savoring it is way to go!
1998 Geyersville ZinfandelRating: B-C
Dec 3rd, 2007
Out of the bottle, it was very tight with a dry finish. Smooth and round, no bite - not a typical Zinfandel.Super smooth, mellowed out. Would not hold onto this much longer.
2002 Geyserville Zinfandel ($30)Rating: B-C
Oct 1st, 2005
84% Zinfandel, 12% Carignane, 4% Petite Sirah. I enjoyed this Zinfandel - it is drinking well now and could get better in a few years
2002 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)Rating: B-C
Oct 1st, 2005
Had to buy a bottle and open it in the tasting room to get a taste. It's young but has great potential. Chewy. Should be very nice in a few years.
2005 Lytton West Syrah ($25)Rating: B-C
Sep 20th, 2009
Luscious fruit, excellent balance with good juicy fruit flavours to open. Toasty blueberry on thenpalate and nice smooth tannins on the finish.
2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon ($43)Rating: B-C
Mar 5th, 2011
Big cab, lots of fruit and big tannins. Quite a bit going on in the glass but it will settle down in time and should be a solid effort.
2008 Lytonn Springs Zinfandel ($30)Rating: B-C
Mar 5th, 2011
Usual solid effort, fruity and tannic but balanced and well priced.
1995 York Creek Zinfandel ($36)Rating: B
Oct 1st, 2005
90% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 4% Alicante Bouschet. Not a bad Zinfandel but not worth $36
2001 Late Picked York Creek Zinfandel ($30)Rating: B
Oct 1st, 2005
Not bad - strong alcohol and sweet
2005 Paso Robles Zinfandel ($28)Rating: B
Feb 6th, 2008
Dark cherry and a hint of pepper, with a lot of tannins on the finish. Should improve in time.
2007 Carmichael Vineyard Zinfandel (Barrel Sample) ($40)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Earthy, light on the fruit but drinkable.
2007 Lytton Springs Zinfandel (Barrel Sample) ($40)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Fruity on the tip of the tongue, soft in the middle and little rounded finish.
2007 Ponzo Vineyard Zinfandel (Barrel Sample) ($28)Rating: B
Jan 31st, 2009
Very dark berry flavour and caramel finish.
2009 East Bench Zinfandel ($26)Rating: B
Mar 5th, 2011
If you like a strong burnt coffee nose then this is your wine. Some sweet and spice accents, a different style for the Zin folks out there.
2001 Paso Robles Zinfandel ($30)Rating: A-B
Oct 1st, 2005
Didn't like this wine. Not good.
2007 Geyersville Zinfandel (Barrel Sample) ($35)Rating: A-B
Jan 31st, 2009
Nothing really there a little fruit, but not memorable.
2007 Paso Robles Zinfandel (Barrel Sample) ($30)Rating: A-B
Jan 31st, 2009
Chalky berry flavours with a light finish.
2007 Old School Vineyard Zinfandel (Barrel Sample) ($30)Rating: A
Jan 31st, 2009
Super sweet - should be sold as port or sherry.

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