Vinous 91 points - Black cherry, plum, smoke, dark spices and licorice are some of the notes that inform the Ridge’s 2013 Zinfandel East Bench. The 2013 possesses striking focus and salinity that play off the wine’s powerful yet mysterious personality. The darker side of Zinfandel comes through on the incisive finish. This is another wonderfully complex wine from Ridge.
Wine Advocate 90 points - Made from 100% Zinfandel, the 2013 Zinfandel East Bench is a concentrated, if not backwards, effort that has lots of plum and currant fruits, licorice, incense, and spice cake aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, juicy, lively and tannic, I’d like some more mid-palate flesh, but it’s still a beautiful bottle of wine that will evolve for a decade.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Sleek and briary, with cherry and dill aromas and focused flavors of tart red plum, herb and loamy cedar. Drink now through 2020. 5,750 cases made.
(Oct 15 2015)