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Served in a vertical tasting with 2004 York Creek and 2005 Geyserville. Clearly the most complex wine of the three, loved the varietal blend. Ric... Read more
I'm going through a case of this (6 bottles left) and I'm afraid it's peaked. This was already a pretty soft wine, not what I normally expect from... Read more
One of Ridge's classic efforts, the 1998 Geyserville (74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignan, and 1% Matero) possesses Bordeaux-like complex... Read more
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Served in a vertical tasting with 2004 York Creek and 2005 Geyserville. Clearly the most complex wine of the three, loved the varietal blend. Rich fruit, beautiful garnet color, slight pepper, nice blends of spices. A perfect choice with Braised Short Ribs w/ roasted Root Vegetables served over horseradish mashed potatoes.
I'm going through a case of this (6 bottles left) and I'm afraid it's peaked. This was already a pretty soft wine, not what I normally expect from Ridge.
External Reviews for Ridge "Geyserville" Sonoma
One of Ridge's classic efforts, the 1998 Geyserville (74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignan, and 1% Matero) possesses Bordeaux-like complexity and elegance. The alcohol is listed as 14.1%. The wine was reticent on the day I tasted it, but as it sat in the glass, sweet aromas of minerals, smoky wood, red/black currants, and dried herbs emerged. This classy, elegant, restained, yet authoritatively rich Zinfandel should be consumed over the next 5-6 years.
The 2001 Geyserville Proprietary Red, a blend of 74% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan, and 8% Petite Sirah, is a beautiful effort. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a tight but promising nose of raspberry and briery fruit intermingled with notions of oak, pepper, and resin. This dense, full-bodied, textured, voluptuous offering is both exuberant and dramatic on the palate. Although the aromatics have not caught up with the flavors, this appears to be an exceptional example of this renowned cuvée. Its 14.4% alcohol is well-disguised beneath some serious concentration. It will drink well for 5-6 years.
With 14.3% alcohol, the 1994 Geyserville, which cannot legally be labeled a Zinfandel because it contains 28% Carignan, 8% Petite Sirah, and 4% Mataro, is the most classy and complex wine of this group. It is made in a Mediterranean/Provencal style reminiscent of wht Zinfandel might taste like if it were planted in the rocky soils of Domaine Trevallon's vineyards just outside the hillside ghost village of Les Baux. The wine displays a deep purple color, a big, earthy, peppery, smoky, black and red fruit-scented nose, and gobs of sweet fruit. Profoundly rich and full-bodied, this multidimensional wine possesses a layered, chewy palate, some tannin, good acidity, and a spicy, long, satisfying finish. Already delicious and complex, it should be drunk over the next 7-9 years.
The exceptional 1999 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine (a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 16% Carignan, and 16% Petite Sirah with 14.8% alcohol) offers aromas of black currants, kirsch liqueur, minerals, smoky oak, earth, and spice. It possesses superb concentration, excellent definition, tremendous purity, and mouth-staining extract without heaviness. A long finish further enhances this sensational, Zinfandel-dominated offering. Consume it over the next 7-9 years.
A big, bold wine, based on an old-fashioned field blend. Predoninately Zinfandal, with smaller amounts of Carignon and Petite Sirah, it shows berry flavors that are ripe to the point of raisiny. The finish turns a little Porty.
Ripe and full-bodied, with zesty wild berry, raspberry and blackberry fruit that stays pure and focused if a bit raw and hot on the finish. Drink now through 2008.
Just like the tasty Sonoma field-style blends of yore, with distinct toasty dill and berry cobbler aromas and zesty raspberry, cracked pepper and earthy sage flavors that end with slightly rustic tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Drink now through 2015.
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