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Producer: Ridge, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

14 Wines Found
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2018 Ridge Chardonnay Estate

Coming all from the estate Monte Bello Vineyard, the 2018 Chardonnay Estate offers a medium gold hue as well rocking notes of caramelized apples, white flowers, honeysuckle, and crushed rocks. These all carry to a medium-bodied Chardonnay with bright acidity, a focused, chiseled texture, terrific minerality, and just a kiss of background oak. It's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and have two decades of longevity, if not longer.

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Coming all from the estate Monte Bello Vineyard, the 2018 Chardonnay Estate offers a medium gold hue as well rocking notes of caramelized apples, white flowers, honeysuckle, and crushed rocks. These all carry to a medium-bodied Chardonnay with bright acidity, a focused, chiseled texture, terrific minerality, and just a kiss of background oak. It's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and have two decades of longevity, if not longer.

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Blasi

Brought up in 15% new American oak and a blend of 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Zinfandel Blasi comes from the Metcalfe Vineyard in Sonoma County. It shows the quality of the vintage beautifully and has a pure, complex bouquet of blueberries, crushed violets, mint, and spring flowers. Juicy, upfront, and straight-up delicious, with medium-bodied richness and ripe, sweet tannins, it's a gem of a Zinfandel to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

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Brought up in 15% new American oak and a blend of 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Zinfandel Blasi comes from the Metcalfe Vineyard in Sonoma County. It shows the quality of the vintage beautifully and has a pure, complex bouquet of blueberries, crushed violets, mint, and spring flowers. Juicy, upfront, and straight-up delicious, with medium-bodied richness and ripe, sweet tannins, it's a gem of a Zinfandel to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

2018 Ridge Zinfandel East Bench

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.

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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.

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Rockpile

From the Botticelli Vineyard in the Rockpile AVA and based on 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Zinfandel Rockpile offers a rich, meaty style that carries lots of mulled plum and black cherry fruits, notes of smoked game, forest floor, chocolate, and bouquet garni, medium to full body, and a rounded, mouthfilling style on the palate. One of the more dense, concentrated wines in the lineup, it's a stunning wine that's going to evolve for at least a decade.

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From the Botticelli Vineyard in the Rockpile AVA and based on 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah, the 2018 Zinfandel Rockpile offers a rich, meaty style that carries lots of mulled plum and black cherry fruits, notes of smoked game, forest floor, chocolate, and bouquet garni, medium to full body, and a rounded, mouthfilling style on the palate. One of the more dense, concentrated wines in the lineup, it's a stunning wine that's going to evolve for at least a decade.

2018 Ridge Geyserville

A wine that always delivers, the 2018 Geyserville from Ridge comes all from a single vineyard in the Alexander Valley and checks in as 68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, and the rest Alicante Bouschet. It has a big, cedary bouquet of red and black plums, sandalwood, potpourri, and Asian spices that develops and fills out nicely with time in the glass. This carries to a more medium-bodied Zinfandel that has wonderful purity of fruit, present yet ripe tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. This structured yet ethereal example of this cuvée ranks with the finest vintages to date. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years.

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A wine that always delivers, the 2018 Geyserville from Ridge comes all from a single vineyard in the Alexander Valley and checks in as 68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, and the rest Alicante Bouschet. It has a big, cedary bouquet of red and black plums, sandalwood, potpourri, and Asian spices that develops and fills out nicely with time in the glass. This carries to a more medium-bodied Zinfandel that has wonderful purity of fruit, present yet ripe tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. This structured yet ethereal example of this cuvée ranks with the finest vintages to date. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years.

2018 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles

Coming from the Benito Dusi Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles and 100% varietal, the 2018 Zinfandel Paso Robles offers a big, classic nose of plums, cigar wrapper, sandalwood, and candied violets. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully fruited, and textured, it has good acidity as well as a clean, dry finish. It's a classic Paso Robles Zinfandel to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

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Coming from the Benito Dusi Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles and 100% varietal, the 2018 Zinfandel Paso Robles offers a big, classic nose of plums, cigar wrapper, sandalwood, and candied violets. Rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully fruited, and textured, it has good acidity as well as a clean, dry finish. It's a classic Paso Robles Zinfandel to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.

2018 Ridge Three Valleys

The 2018 Three Valleys is another terrific 2018 from this team. A blend of 70% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignan, and the rest Mataro, it plays in the medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum and has wonderful purity in its blue fruits, peppery herbs, violets, and sandalwood aromas and flavors. Nicely textured, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with good acidity, this ethereal, balanced beauty can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.

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The 2018 Three Valleys is another terrific 2018 from this team. A blend of 70% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 12% Carignan, and the rest Mataro, it plays in the medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum and has wonderful purity in its blue fruits, peppery herbs, violets, and sandalwood aromas and flavors. Nicely textured, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with good acidity, this ethereal, balanced beauty can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.

2017 Ridge Wild Cattle Creek

Based on 85% Zinfandel, 10% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Wild Cattle Creek has a great nose of spiced black and red raspberries as well as notes of cedarwood, incense, and potpourri. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it's well-balanced and already drinking nicely. It has the tighter, more linear style of the 2017 vintage yet is beautifully done. Drink it over the coming decade.

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Based on 85% Zinfandel, 10% Carignan, and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Wild Cattle Creek has a great nose of spiced black and red raspberries as well as notes of cedarwood, incense, and potpourri. Medium-bodied and elegant on the palate, it's well-balanced and already drinking nicely. It has the tighter, more linear style of the 2017 vintage yet is beautifully done. Drink it over the coming decade.

2017 Ridge Zinfandel Boatman

Coming from the Alexander Valley and 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Zinfandel Boatman offers a big, powerful bouquet of candied violets, plums, sandalwood, and incense. Rich and medium-bodied, it has a light, elegant texture, and good balance. It's another charming, delicious, classic Zinfandel from this terrific estate. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years or so.

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Coming from the Alexander Valley and 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah, the 2017 Zinfandel Boatman offers a big, powerful bouquet of candied violets, plums, sandalwood, and incense. Rich and medium-bodied, it has a light, elegant texture, and good balance. It's another charming, delicious, classic Zinfandel from this terrific estate. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years or so.

2017 Ridge Syrah Grenache Mataro

The 2017 Syrah Grenache Mataro comes all from the Dry Creek Valley and is a Syrah-dominated blend that includes 27% Grenache and 11% Mataro. It's a spicy, blue fruited, peppery effort offering medium-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, firm tannins, and outstanding length. It's going to evolve for 7-8 years.

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The 2017 Syrah Grenache Mataro comes all from the Dry Creek Valley and is a Syrah-dominated blend that includes 27% Grenache and 11% Mataro. It's a spicy, blue fruited, peppery effort offering medium-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, firm tannins, and outstanding length. It's going to evolve for 7-8 years.

2017 Ridge Merlot Perrone

Coming all from the estate Monte Bello Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 2017 Merlot Perrone is 100% Merlot that was all harvested on October 23 and aged in American oak. It has a saturated purple color as well as a complex nose of blue fruits, vanilla bean, bouquet garni, and spice. It's tight and backward on the palate, with bright acidity as well as balancing fruit. If you're going to drink this any time soon, a healthy decant is recommended, and I'd suggest 2-3 years of bottle age. It should evolve for a solid 10-15 years.

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Coming all from the estate Monte Bello Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 2017 Merlot Perrone is 100% Merlot that was all harvested on October 23 and aged in American oak. It has a saturated purple color as well as a complex nose of blue fruits, vanilla bean, bouquet garni, and spice. It's tight and backward on the palate, with bright acidity as well as balancing fruit. If you're going to drink this any time soon, a healthy decant is recommended, and I'd suggest 2-3 years of bottle age. It should evolve for a solid 10-15 years.

2017 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate showed beautifully, with gorgeous notes of cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and lead pencil all emerging from the glass. Showing plenty of richness and depth, medium to full body, good acidity, and plenty of firm tannins, it's not a blockbuster, but it has the balance and class to evolve for 15 years or more. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot.

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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate showed beautifully, with gorgeous notes of cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and lead pencil all emerging from the glass. Showing plenty of richness and depth, medium to full body, good acidity, and plenty of firm tannins, it's not a blockbuster, but it has the balance and class to evolve for 15 years or more. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot.

2017 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Klein

The first time I've tasted this cuvée, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Klein comes from the lower section of the estate vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and was aged 19 months in new American oak barrels. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this deep purple-hued effort offers a medium to full-bodied, spicy, mineral-laced style to go with the classic bluer Ridge fruits, notes of violets, tobacco, lead pencil, and cedar. It has a certain Bordeaux-like texture and minerality, good concentration, plenty of structure and acidity, and a great finish. A beautiful wine, it has some approachability today, yet I suspect it will keep for 20-25 years or more.

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The first time I've tasted this cuvée, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Klein comes from the lower section of the estate vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and was aged 19 months in new American oak barrels. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this deep purple-hued effort offers a medium to full-bodied, spicy, mineral-laced style to go with the classic bluer Ridge fruits, notes of violets, tobacco, lead pencil, and cedar. It has a certain Bordeaux-like texture and minerality, good concentration, plenty of structure and acidity, and a great finish. A beautiful wine, it has some approachability today, yet I suspect it will keep for 20-25 years or more.

2015 Ridge Syrah Lytton Estate

Incorporating a whopping 7% Viognier, the 2015 Syrah Lytton Estate is starting to show some maturity as well as additional complexity. Lots of blue fruits, melted licorice, sandalwood, and cured meat notes all emerge from the glass, and this full-bodied beauty is balanced, with a layered texture, ripe tannins, and a rocking finish. This is a killer bottle of Syrah that will continue drinking nicely for another decade.

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Incorporating a whopping 7% Viognier, the 2015 Syrah Lytton Estate is starting to show some maturity as well as additional complexity. Lots of blue fruits, melted licorice, sandalwood, and cured meat notes all emerge from the glass, and this full-bodied beauty is balanced, with a layered texture, ripe tannins, and a rocking finish. This is a killer bottle of Syrah that will continue drinking nicely for another decade.