Ridge Guadagni Zinfandel 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A less expensive Ridge Zinfandel that was simply delicious.

Producer/Winery: Ridge Vineyards; Healdsburg, California.

Grape Variety: Zinfandel blend – 93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Guadagni Family Vineyard; Dry Creek Valley; Sonoma County, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $29.70 (with a club discount)

Purchased From: Ridge vineyards; Paso Robles, California.

Paired With: Roast turkey with mole sauce, rice and peas.


    Opened two hours before drinking. Clear, inky dark purple-garnet color with a light purple rim. Ripe fruity plum, blackberry, cinnamon and wet wood aromas. Smooth, dry, lush mouthfeel, full body and a 200-grit texture. Discernible flavors of tart plum, blackberry and strawberry with a background of smoky tobacco. Bright acidity, grippy tannins and a long finish that gets progressively bitter and ends with a hint of pepper. No hard edges here and not a traditional bold or aggressive California Zinfandel. In a few words we called it a lighter, fruity and dry Zinfandel with well balanced acidity and tannins. And, it was one of our “all-time” good pairings with the turkey and mole sauce. A less expensive Ridge Zinfandel that was simply delicious.

Guadagni vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley
Photo from Guadagni Family Wines.
Comments: Learn more about Ridge Vineyards and their wines.

See also: Our review of other Ridge Vineyards wines.

Alcohol Content: 14.9%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 44442 79700 4

Imported by: Not applicable.