Ridge-Geyserville Sonoma County American Zinfandel American Zinfandel 2006
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Is this the Zin of the Vintage? Well no it can't be since it's only 70% Zinfandel but it is delicious with huge, brambly fruit tones on the nose with hints of dill, cocoa and creamy oak. The mouthfeel is lovely, youthful yet balanced if a bit chunky. There's a light layer of vanilla and spice laid over the blackberry, boysenberry fruit but it's all cut with a mineral vein and excellent top notes of spicy red berries, leather, and dried floral notes. Rich and still with some baby fat to lose, this none the less has all the parts to come together wonderfully. 91pts
Simply gorgeous aromatics, all dried strawberry and raspberry supported by tobacco and woodspice and tart red fruit. Broad, chewy and rich in the mouth with gorgeous fruit that is vibrant and clear, supported by polished little tannins. the structural balance here is really wonderful, though this needs another 2 to 3 years, it is already fabulous if a little chunky on the backend that pops with raspberry and red cherry flavors leading to a long, vibrant finish. Classic geyserville in the making. 93pts
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The ancient vines at Ridge's Geyserville vineyard grew super-ripe in '99, carrying a honeyed buzz into the fermerter and out into the wine. The harvest there was two weeks later than normal, and yields were down 40 percent after June rains, factors leading to the ripeness and concentration of this '99. The ripeness comes across as blackberries in honey, toffee, the scents of halvah, bringing dessert wine to mind. Then the depths of the wine begin to show as it takes on air, growing more savory, the density of the fruit and tannins creating a complex, lasting flavor. Air sublimates the sweetness to a tremendous elegance. A great vintage of Geyserville, best enjoyed two or three years form now.
The glow in the color reflects the generous, sunny disposition of this Geyserville vintager, far and away the best Ridge Zinfandel of '98. It's dark, savory and grand, with deeply flavorful ripe fruit toward the blackberry end of the spectrum. Complexity comes across in meaty, smoky tones in the finish, and in a green peppercorn spice. This is an easy Zin to enjoy now with bistro foods, and one with a proven record to age - though this vintage will likely mature sooner than the '97.
The 2009 Geyserville is a gorgeous wine. It shows expressive inner perfume, sweet black cherries, menthol and minerals. This is an understated, exceptionally elegant red endowed with considerable finesse and fabulous overall balance. A round, sensual finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. In 2009 the blend is 74% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029.
The dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Geyserville Proprietary Red (58% Zinfandel, 22% Carignan, 18% Petite Sirah, and the rest Mourvedre with 14.4% alcohol) offers up attractive aromas of boysenberries, black cherries, earth, pepper, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure, this classy wine should drink well for 7-8 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.
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