Ridge Carmichael Zinfandel 2015

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A good unpretentious Zinfandel blend.

Producer/Winery: Ridge Vineyards; Cupertino, California.

Grape Variety: Zinfandel blend – 87% Zinfandel and 13% Petite Sirah.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Alexander Valley; Sonoma County; North coast, California.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $28.05 (with club member discount)

Purchased From: Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello tasting room; Cupertino, California.

Paired With: Eggplant Parmesan and a garden salad.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, garnet color with the same color rim. Ripe plum and cherry with lots of wet wood aromas. Rich fruit forward mouthfeel, medium body and a 400-grit texture. Strong jammy plum, cherry and blueberry flavors. Fresh acidity, round tannins and a long peppery spice finish that ends with a bitter note. A very different Zinfandel, good aromas, dominating fruit taste, almost nonexistent tannins, but a peppery finish that saves the ending. Although we expected a more robust wine this went well with both the eggplant Parmesan and the garden salad, but was nothing to write home about when drinking without food….we lost interest in it’s soft easy drinking fruit character. In the end we called it a good unpretentious Zinfandel blend.

Ridge Monte Bello Vineyard tasting room
Photo from Robert Holmes.
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Alcohol Content: 14.1%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 44442 85100 3Not available.

Imported by: Not applicable.