(2014 Vintage) A mild winter brought February bud-break. Though there was some rainfall, the drought continued a third year, and warm summer weather prompted a fast-paced harvest. Twenty-six fermented lots were blind tasted for assemblage. Zinfandel yields were low, giving carignane and petite sirah greater prominence. Sensuous flavors support a rich tannin structure. This superb vintage will be enjoyable over the next 7-8 years.
90 points Wine Spectator Just like the tasty Sonoma field-style blends of yore, with distinct toasty dill and berry cobbler aromas and zesty raspberry, cracked pepper and earthy sage flavors that end with slightly rustic tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Drink now through 2015
Got this at the Ridge Winery annual BBQ with Mike and Amy on July 2, 2011.
big and bold. smooth as silk.
too much alcohol and fruit
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar on 12/07
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2014
Wine Spectator(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/23/2014
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 08/10/2012