Ridge East Bench Zinfandel, 2012

171Screw methadone. We have found our drug of choice. It’s not on Schedule I. It’s not on Schedule II. But it damn well could be. We haven’t found a wine this interesting, luxurious or addictive since the Woodward Canyon a year or so ago.

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Although I haven’t tried the BulletProof diet, where strong coffee and butter are blended for a morning beverage, this Zin from Ridge has a buttery palate that is creamy, rich, and ridiculously likable: It might as well be butter blended into wine. Huge, piercing fruit notes that are astonishingly smooth and velvety. An absolute stunning tribute to what a Zin can be—and line it up next to the myriad metallic bombs that line the government store shelves for some real competitive taste testing. There isn’t a CA red in the BC Liquor Control Board stock that could draw a straw against this. Plus, it’s not an overpowering 16 per cent alcohol.

 

You can find raves on any old Google search. I like the words pure, opulent and transparent which I’ve seen elsewhere. But Goggle will help you find more “winey” descriptions if you don’t trust the fireworks reference. Suffice to say this is a knock-your-socks off good red, a mouth watering sipper, a superb meat accompaniment, and a shocking under $30 at the vineyard. If we could, I’d nominate it for a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar. But we can’t. All we can do is bring it back into Canada, one bottle at a time, as our duty free allotment, and bemoan the high tax crapshoot that is the BC wine landscape.

 

You cannot live by bread alone.  Even really good home-made bread.

You cannot live by bread alone. Even really good home-made bread.

Price: $28 at the vineyard, and similar in the Pacific NW.  Here in BC, if you can find it, over $50.

 

Market Liquidity: EGOT: Ridge hits another home-run.

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