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Nose of raspberries, rose petal and pepper. Medium-full bodied, soft and elegant on the palate, fine tannic structure, finishes with cherry fruit and firm acidity.”
92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Jan. 13): "Open, nicely fruity, enriched by creamy oak and just plain easy to drink in a somewhat direct and entirely likeable way, Ridge's Ponzo bottling is a great example of straight-a-head Zinfandel..."
91 points Wine Spectator (Dec. 15, 2012): "Tightly wound yet richly structured, offering boysenberry and spiced anise aromas, with deep, crisp plum, dill and earthy mineral flavors that finish with big, ripe tannins."
91 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec. 31, 2012): "This will divide the Zinfandel community. Some will find its earthiness and herbaceousness an attractive complication to the briary berry and spice notes. Others will think it’s not quite ripe enough and lacking richness. The score reflects the wine’s complexity and adaptability to a wide range of foods."
Just 1,250 cases made. Drink now or hold up to 2018.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.