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Ridge "York Creek" Zinfandel 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 90] [ST 90]
Ridge "York Creek" Zinfandel 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 90] [ST 90]


 


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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 79% zinfandel, 21% petite sirah
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: RIDGEYORKCREEKZIN08-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

bottled February 2010
79% zinfandel, 21% petite sirah
14.9% alcohol by volume

History

York Creek Vineyard, situated high on Spring Mountain, overlooks St. Helena and the Napa Valley from the west. Ridge came here in 1971 for the old-vine petite sirah. We first harvested York Creek zinfandel in 1975, and have made it in every vintage since.

Vintage

Harvest Dates: 5 - 11 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.8 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation; natural primary and secondary (68% submerged, 32% floating cap). Pressed at eleven days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 25% one to two years old and 55% three to five years old)
Aging: Twelve months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: Thirty inches (below normal)
Bloom: Early May
Weather: A dry spring and a warm, dry summer with no sustained heat spells

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Aromas of blackberry vanilla and cassis followed by a dark fruit and mineral palate. Ample acidity and very full but well coated tannins round out the finish. EB (6/10)


Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Another iconic site from Ridge, the 2008 Zinfandel York Creek (79% Zinfandel and 21% Petite Sirah, tipping the scales at 14.9% alcohol) displays plenty of boysenberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit notes, a healthy dark ruby/purple color similar to the other wines, but more earth, tannin, structure and grip. This is not as forward and elegant as the Lytton Springs, nor as exuberant and flamboyant as the Pagani Ranch. It is almost a Zinfandel with a Cabernet Sauvignon soul and structure. Give it another year or so of aging and drink it over the next decade." - Robert Parker (Feb 2011)

90+ Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Glass-staining ruby.  Pungent, expressive aromas of blackberry, cherry pit, licorice and oak spices, with a hint of dried flowers.  Juicy and focused but youthfully gripping, with a bitter quality to the distinctly ripe flavors of cherry compote, dark berries and licorice.  The bitter cherry and oak spice notes repeating on the punchy finish.  I'll bet that some bottle aging will bring more finesse.  There's 21% petite sirah in this wine and it shows today." - Josh Raynolds (May/Jun '11)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2009 vintage):
"Opaque violet color.  An intensely perfumed bouquet displays dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, vanilla and woodsmoke.  Lush, palate-coating blackberry and boysenberry flavors are complicated by notes of licorice and candied violet.  Shows very good intensity on the gently tannic finish, which clings with noteworthy tenacity." - Josh Raynolds (Nov/Oct '11)

90+ Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2007 vintage):

"Inky ruby. High-pitched dark berry and cherry aromas show a slightly volatile quality. Deep, sappy blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors display no rough edges and are complemented by a note of candied flowers. Rich and fleshy wine with strong finishing sweetness and a zesty kick of cracked pepper. This is extremely young but has very good material; I'd re-visit it after it's had a bit more bottle age." - Josh Raynolds (Nov/Dec '09)

Wine & Spirits Magazine - 93 Points (2006 vintage):

"As saturated with fruit as this may be when first poured, it gains with air as the potent structural elements of oak and alcohol begin to meld into the ripe, black flavors of the wine. It’s powerful, yet gracefully restrained by pure, mineral tannins. A sleek vintage from Fritz Maytag’s York Creek Vineyard." -Joshua Greene (2/09)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 90 Points (2006 vintage):
"2006 Zinfandel York Creek (includes 1% petite sirah): Deep ruby with a bright rim. Raspberry, cherry and cinnamon on the nose. Brighter than the Paso Robles bottling, with nervier red berry flavors and notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate. A medium-bodied zinfandel with fully absorbed tannins and impressive finishing lift. Sexy wine, and drinking well right now." -Stephen Tanzer (11/08)




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