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Ridge Zinfandels 2017


#1

Heads up that the latest Ridge Zinfandels have hit the website. Geyserville and Lytton @£40 (6 bottle limit) plus a mixed 3 including East Bench for £114.


#2

You did some serious wizardry there… thanks for the heads up!


#3

Indeed, thanks for the heads up. I’ve been waiting for this to become available - I like to buy three Lytton Springs every year to build up a vertical. Winging their way to me in the New Year :slight_smile:


#4

Out of interest, when do you plan to drink them? I’ve found Lytton and Geyserville pretty impenetrable young, but at 10-12 years old just beautiful.


#5

I had a 2014 a few weeks ago, and it was drinkable but still very young. A 2013 I had earlier this year was much more approachable (I thought). I have back to 2011. So I’m working on a drink 2, keep 1 basis at about six years old. Having said which, the 2014 may put a spanner in that, as I do think it needs longer.


#6

Crazy. Ten quid more than last time I looked. I’m clearly going to have to get out of this wine buying business. Fast becoming rich people’s stuff.


#7

I’ve had a few Ridge Zins over the past year - in order my favourites were 09, 15, 14, 93, 13, 11 - all good except the last, which seemed a bit green. The 09 (a Geyserville) was the stand-out favourite.

I bought two of the mixed cases of the Ridge 2016s but not feeling the urge to buy the 17s - does anyone know how they compare to the 16s?


#8

The big jump occurred with the 2015. Lytton Springs was £37 in November 2017, compared with £29 for the 2014 in January 2017. It might be explained by hedges on the dollar meaning that the 2014 and earlier years (remarkably stable at around £28) was effectively bought at pre-referendum rates.

This year is actually cheaper than last year (by a whole £1!) But I agree that it’s quite painful. I’m glad that it hasn’t risen this year, as I was starting to consider how much longer I wanted to keep going if the trend continued. But then again, compared to Bordeaux prices, this is mild. I have stopped Bordeaux EP, for that reason.


#9

Appreciate the heads up.
Mixed case in the bag.
Also like the idea of developing a vertical, so let’s see what future years bring.
Down the hatch.


#10

If only the wine budget hadn’t been blown on Clape Cornas already…


#11

Many thanks for the heads-up

I usually by the three-pack as I quite like the East Bench - I see it quite often in US restaurants, but it seems a bit expensive this year.

At the Ridge website the Geyserville and Lytton Springs are both $45 (£40 here) while the East Bench is $32 but £34 here…

So I’ve bought three Geyserville instead. I like a blend with Alicante

But - oh shucks - I realise now that I tasted the Lytton Springs 2017 last month and it was lovely…

(the uninformative TWS site doesn’t give the cepage of each.
East Bench is 100% Zin
Lytton Springs is 74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 2% Mataro
Geyserville is 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet

Fact sheets
https://www.ridgewine.com/wines/2017-east-bench-zinfandel/
https://www.ridgewine.com/wines/2017-lytton-springs/
https://www.ridgewine.com/wines/2017-geyserville/


#12

Good info , thanks @peterm :+1:


#13

Thanks @Comtes86, well spotted. A mixed case put into reserves.


#14

They are more expensive than they used to be, but I think the winery’s price might exclude tax and shipping? Or at least, that’s partly how I’m persuading myself they’re still relatively good value!


#15

My bucket list wine - which year?


#16

2018 this time, to go along with 2015, 16 & 17. A few years to go until they’re drinking though I suspect! A good few of their CDR to fill the gap though.


#17

Oh, sure. Nothing in the USA - except petrol strangely - Is priced at what you actually pay, as prices are quoted without (as a minimum) state tax.

What I was highlighting was the discrepancy - to my mind- of the price of the East Bench against the other two.


#18

Ah I see. Come to think of it, I think East Bench was a fair bit cheaper than the other two when it was last offered for sale separately a couple of years ago. That discrepancy you mention does seem a bit odd.


#19

The US West Coast showcase is online now. The Ridge Zinfandels have descriptions added.


#20

But it doesn’t satisfy the geek in me. If one wants information about these wines the links I give above have everything. Why doesn’t TWS give a link to he fact sheet if they are only going to give minimal info?

(eg for Ridge Geyserville 2017
TWS: A field blend of Alexander Valley zinfandel (68%) carignane, petite sirah and a touch of alicante bouschet
Ridge site, and cepage on the label: 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet
The grapes are grown in three adjoining parcels on a defined stretch of gravelly soil approximately one-and-a-quarter miles long and a half-mile wide. )