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Ridge-Geyserville Sonoma County American Zinfandel American Zinfandel 2006

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Ripe black cherry, plum, pepper, chocolate, gravelly soil. Hint of mint; layered vanilla, clove. Rich, dark brambly fruit. Full-bodied and vibrant, coated tannins, lively acidity. Black fruit and characteristic regional gravel/mineral/earth. A long, complex finish.

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Editorial Reviews for Ridge-Geyserville Sonoma County American Zinfandel American Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,720
4.50 5
10/14/2009

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,720
4.50 5
11/02/2013

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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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
4.50 5
05/03/2010

Nose of deep, peppery red fruit. Elegant mouthfeel. Elegant style zin blend. Very nice! - Tasted at Lytton Springs 4/21/10


Snooth User: glharv
56115589
4.00 5
10/04/2010

Bold and stately.


Snooth User: lawrencet1
7214941
0.00 5
05/14/2011

LOVE this wine! My standby at my favorite steak restaurant in town.


Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
13357247,233
4.70 5
11/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Ridge-Geyserville Sonoma County American Zinfandel American Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

This blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro (Mourvèdre) is a good, rather rustic red wine. It has strong, jammy flavors of cherries, red currants, plumped raisins, peppery spices and sandalwood, and turns a little sweet on the finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Smooth and polished, with a perfumed edge to the ripe plum and black cherry flavors. Turns supple and fleshy on the finish, with lots of pretty, dark fruit flavors. Drinks well now. A blend: 62 percent Zinfandel, 18 percent Petite Sirah, 15 percent Carignane, 5 percent Mataro.


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Ripe black cherry, plum, pepper, chocolate, gravelly soil. Hint of mint; layered vanilla, clove. Rich, dark brambly fruit. Full-bodied and vibrant, coated tannins, lively acidity. Black fruit and characteristic regional gravel/mineral/earth. A long, complex finish.

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