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Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021

14.80% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WS 93
  • JD 94
  • VIN 90
  • WAS 91
  • WIL 93
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    The Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021, skillfully crafted by winemaker John Olney of Ridge Vineyards, embodies the rich and vibrant character of Zinfandel from the esteemed Benito Dusi Ranch in Paso Robles. This wine offers a compelling narrative of flavor and tradition, presenting a deep garnet color that captivates the eye and promises a complex palate. Upon opening a bottle, you are immediately greeted with robust aromas of cherry, ripe plum, and strawberry compote, complemented by subtle hints of spearmint and toasted oak.

    As you take the first sip, the Ridge Zinfandel showcases its medium body and elegant structure. Dominant flavors of ripe Bing cherry burst forth, enhanced by a zesty acidity that makes the initial taste remarkably mouthwatering. This is beautifully intertwined with layers of exotic spices and subtle earth tones that weave through the tasting experience, leading to a long, satisfying finish. The finish is noteworthy for its expressive minerality and balanced complexity, highlighted by the wine’s fleshy tannins and crisp, lively acidity.

    The 2021 vintage of this Zinfandel is a testament to the resilience and capability of the vineyard, especially during a challenging year with less than five inches of winter rainfall. The dry conditions, however, did not hinder the vibrancy of the fruit; instead, they contributed to the concentrated flavors evident in each glass. Harvested in the last week of September, the grapes reached optimal ripeness, indicated by an average Brix of 25.5. This meticulous timing ensured that the grapes retained their natural freshness and spice, characteristics beloved by Zinfandel enthusiasts.

    In terms of maturation, the wine was aged for sixteen months in barrels, a mix of 90% American oak and 10% French oak, with varying degrees of newness. This aging process has imbued the Ridge Zinfandel with a refined complexity that supports its fruit-driven core with a gentle oak influence, adding layers of texture and flavor that are both nuanced and inviting.

    Critical acclaim for the Ridge Zinfandel has been consistently high, reflecting its excellence and appeal. Wine Spectator awarded it 93 points, noting its deep structure and appealingly briary nature, which perfectly encapsulates the best qualities of Paso Robles Zinfandel. Jeb Dunnuck gave the wine 94 points, appreciating its medium-bodied elegance and the seamless integration of classic Zinfandel flavors like red and black plums, peppery herbs, and sweet spices. These reviews not only underscore the wine’s high quality but also its ability to represent its terroir with integrity and grace.

    The heritage of the Benito Dusi Vineyard, where this Zinfandel is sourced, adds a historical richness to the wine. Planted in 1922, and unusually so just after the onset of Prohibition, the vineyard has been a source of high-quality Zinfandel for Ridge Vineyards since the 1967 vintage. This long-standing relationship emphasizes the deep-rooted connection between the vineyard and the winery, showcasing their joint commitment to producing exceptional wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the region.

    For those interested in the nuances of winemaking, the Ridge Zinfandel is a masterclass in balance and refinement. Employing 100% natural primary and secondary fermentation processes and minimal intervention techniques, the winemaking team at Ridge Vineyards ensures that the wine expresses the purest form of its fruit while maintaining environmental responsibility. This approach not only enhances the wine’s quality but also aligns with the broader values of sustainability and stewardship that are increasingly important among discerning wine drinkers.

    Pairing this Zinfandel with food offers numerous possibilities. Its robust profile and spicy undertones make it an excellent match for hearty dishes like grilled meats, barbecued ribs, or rich pasta sauces. The wine’s vibrant fruit flavors also make it a delightful companion to lighter fare, such as a charcuterie board featuring aged cheeses and smoked meats, where it can truly shine without overwhelming the palate.

    In conclusion, the Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 is more than just a bottle of wine; it is a celebration of heritage, craftsmanship, and the distinct personality of Paso Robles Zinfandel. With its impressive array of flavors, balanced structure, and deep, inviting color, this wine is designed to delight enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Whether you’re exploring zinfandel wine prices, seeking a quintessential Paso Robles Zinfandel, or simply looking to enjoy a superb example of what zinfandel from Ridge can offer, the Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 will not disappoint. Enjoy it today or over the next decade as it continues to evolve and reveal new facets of its character.

    18 reviews for Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021

    1. Steven Storey

      A wonderful meld of black cherry and leather from the Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021, truly one of the best ridge zinfandels!

    2. Ruby Grable

      Caramel and bramble flavours in the Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021 make it a delightful drink. You can’t beat this zinfandel wine price.

    3. Greg Chatfield

      Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021 has an earthy taste, the hint of smoke leaves a lingering taste. It’s fantastic for its wine price.

    4. Rick Smith

      Cranberry and cassis notes in the Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 make it a standout. The zinfandel wine price is worth every penny.

    5. Barbara Alexander

      Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 is simply the best ridge zinfandel I’ve tasted, full of vanilla and raspberry tones.

    6. Ramiro Simmons

      Raisin and blackcurrant flavours in the Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021 are a treat to the palate. It’s the best ridge zinfandel I’ve tried!

    7. Ashlie Evans

      The coffee and minerals in this Paso Robles Zinfandel makes it a one-of-a-kind zinfandel ridge. A pleasure to taste!

    8. Clarence Mcfalls

      The blend of strawberry and cedar in this zinfandel wine makes it a refreshing choice. The Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 is a winner!

    9. Booker Britt

      Just tried Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021, and the oak and blackberry notes are impressive. A worth-trying zinfandel wine price.

    10. Sarah Wheeler

      The hint of coconut and mocha in this Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 makes it a unique pick. It’s the best ridge zinfandel out there!

    11. Brittany Cowan

      Blueberry and black fruit notes are dominant in this zinfandel wine, making it a treasure at its price.

    12. Adrian Chesser

      Clove and baking spice in the Paso Robles Zinfandel give it a unique kick. This zinfandel ridge is a must-try.

    13. Elaine Jones

      The Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021 is a beautiful mix of cherry and plum flavours. The zinfandel ridge is unmissable in this.

    14. John Bellefeuille

      Licorice and cinnamon notes in the Paso Robles Zinfandel are a joy. This zinfandel ridge is unlike any other.

    15. Christine Brooks

      Jam and chocolate in a wine? Yes, please! This Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 is a delightful surprise.

    16. Noemi Hsiao

      The Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2021 is a fusion of unique flavours. The blend of caramel and bramble makes it worth its zinfandel wine price.

    17. Samantha Mcbride

      At first sip, the dark fruit and red fruit flavours of the Paso Robles Zinfandel are evident. It’s a unique zinfandel ridge.

    18. Robert Croft

      Paso Robles Zinfandel has a delightful pepper kick. The tobacco notes in the background are a pleasant surprise.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 93
    Wine Spectator
    Captures the best of Paso Robles Zinfandel, deeply structured and appealingly briary, with notes of bright cherry, brown baking spices and orange peel that finish with fleshy tannins.
    JD 94
    Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2021 Zinfandel Paso Robles is all varietal and comes from the Benito Dusi Ranch in Paso Robles. It's more medium-bodied and elegant, with classic Zinfandel notes of red and black plums, peppery herbs, cigar smoke, and sweet spices. I love its forward, seamless texture, and it has soft tannins as well as flawless balance. It's another gorgeous 2021 from this team with so much to love. Enjoy bottles over the coming decade.
    VIN 90
    The 2021 Zinfandel Paso Robles, from the Benito Dusi Ranch, is plump, juicy and full of Paso exuberance. Succulent red cherry/plum fruit, sweet spice, pomegranate and pipe tobacco are nicely amplified. Bright acids balance the natural raciness of the fruit admirably.
    WAS 91
    Wine & Spirits
    This starts out quiet, with scents of licorice, tar and soft, dark fruit. Three days later, it’s aromatically alive, yielding scents of carob, cinnamon, five-spice and pepper, with warm, plummy Paso fruit to cushion it.
    WIL 93
    Wilfred Wong
    The 2021 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel is expressive and shows some of the grape variety's deeper nuances. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruits, licorice notes, and chalkiness. Pair it with an oven-roasted, lemon-accented chicken.

    What does Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, smoke

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, tobacco

    apricot, apple, peach

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, black cherry

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange, lemon

    cream, cheese

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, earl grey tea, rhubarb

    raisin, fig, prune


    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, perfume, rose petal

    Food Pairing with Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021

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    Winemaker of Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2021

    John olney

    John Olney

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