As you’re likely already aware, Ridge Vineyards is in the midst of happily celebrating 50 years of zinfandel production (#50yearsofzin), and so understandably, I think we’ve all got a bit of zin on the brain. I know #ZinZen does:
“Your zinfandel, as much as anything in the universe, deserves your love and affection.”
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the zinfandel.”
“When you realize how perfect zinfandel is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”
As does, it would seem, the venerable Wine Spectator.
As readers of this blog hopefully agree, I rarely quote from, or even discuss, wine reviews on this site. But every once in a while, one comes down the pipe that I just really appreciate. And given our collective zin-head these days, it was hard to pass up the following:
“An old-school style, briary and full of zesty fruit. The aromas of bright cherry, grilled herb and fresh earth lead to smoky plum and cracked pepper flavors that linger toward ripe tannins.”
That’s the very estimable Tim Fish, describing our 2012 Paso Robles Zinfandel. And I just had to share it, because it really is just a very lovely description of everything that we love about zinfandel. Old-school, briary, zesty. Smoky, peppery, ripe.
Want to hear more about this wine? Here’s our winemaker Eric Baugher talkin’ zin …
50 years of zinfandel? Say yes.