On the Ridge

Although our weather has been admittedly hot, we have had a cool(er) streak for the last week. I jumped at the chance to dig into some more of my red wines to mix things up around here a bit. I try my best to drink a variety of wines to report on for everyone!

The bottle I picked was a 2004 Ridge York Creek Zinfandel. We picked this bottle up on our April trip out to the Sonoma are when we visited the winery. The bottle cost $28, had a real cork closure, and contained 13% Petite Sirah.

On the nose I found the elements of a great dessert. Vanilla, chocolate and blueberries dominated, with a hint of anise rounding out the aroma. In mouth the wine was silky smooth; the bottle disappeared before I knew it. I got blackberries, blueberries, and a peppery kick. Overall the fruit tasted very fresh.

I served it with a perfect summer meal: burgers on the grill, pasta salad, and potato salad. This seemed like a very food friendly Zinfandel. I’ve got another bottle clanging around and I look forward to drinking it.


4 Responses

  1. I recently read about Ridge Zinfandel in Karen MacNeil’s book The Wine Bible and I’ve been interested in trying it. It sounds like a winner!

    I thought it was funny how you mention that you “found the elements of a great dessert” on the nose and in the picture there is a container of Cool Whip peeking out from behind the bottle. Was it that jammy? 🙂

  2. I will have to try this one! I enjoy darker wines, i haven’t found a white or rose yet that i liked but then i haven’t had that many.

    p.s. i love your site, i am a huge fan of wine, however i don’t have the time or money to squeeze it into my life just yet. but soon i will be a regular. Maybe i should just start myself a collection huh?

  3. sounds fantastic, we love Ridge.

  4. You should definitely check it out Orion! Hmm, Cool Whip on wine…interesting thought. Nah, I’m just cheap and save those plastic containers to put leftovers in!

    Sarah, thanks for the comment and kind words! Hope you return often!

    John, this one was particularly good!

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