Ridge York Creek 2009 Zinfandel,
$24.64-$28.99, 93 points, is 7% Petite Sirah, and once again justifies Ridge as one of the go-to wineries for Zinfandel wines. Versatile, aromatic, and having a strong backbone of acidity with firm tannin, this wine is powerful now, but filled with pleasantries that boggle the Zinfanphile's palate, and will evolve for years to come.
Very deep-dark magenta color, cedar with a floral-plum aroma, displaying bright flavors of licorice, plum, and boysenberry, its medium-plus body carries through smoothly into a fine finish of spice with some heat (14.7% alcohol).
The York Creek did not disappoint, but is a wine of considerable earnest; having been bottled in January of 2011, this is a very young Zinfandel that is beautifully flavorful now, but given a few years will only improve. often it is said that Zinfandel wines should be drunk young, and this is great for the York Creek, but I'm confident that this is an exceptional wine and may be stashed away in your cellar.
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