Succulent Red Blend – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Succulent Red Blend


1890s-era vines at Evangelho Vineyard in Contra Costa County. (Photo: Lawrence Piggins)

Since 1990, the Ridge team has been working with Evangelho, Contra Costa’s homely premier old vineyard set in delta sands beneath PG&E power lines in Antioch, CA. The blend is typically carignane-heavy; in 2020, it’s 54 percent, with 26 percent zinfandel and 20 percent mataro. It’s aged in American oak, only 15% new; the other barrels are a minimum of 4 years old, leaving an impression of pure old-vine fruit. It feels like the carignane and mataro are tag-teaming for peak expression. Dark purple and very spicy, it’s smoky, with a sanguine edge lined with clove and nutmeg flavors, and the sweet mouthcoating succulence of warm climate carignane, generous, delicious, and primed for barbecued beef.

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Ridge 2020 Contra Costa County Evangelho

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Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.


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