The most ageworthy of all Ridge zinfandels, the Ridge Geyserville can be magnificent when young. Taste a Geyserville. Any vintage will do but the 2013 is a beauty.94 Points Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Zinfandel Geyserville is every bit as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel last year. Ripe and voluptuous on the palate - yet with a super-classic conception of structure, the 2013 offers superb depth and impeccable overall balance. Waves of dark red cherry, pomegranate, spice, tobacco lead to more savory/ferrous notes that develop in the glass. Saline notes give the 2013 much of its energy and vivacity. This is a tremendous effort from Ridge." Located on the western edge of Sonoma's Alexander Valley, Geyserville was Ridge's first source of red wine grapes, other than Monte Bello Ridge. The combination of Geyserville's climate, gravelly soils, and varietal mix (zinfandel, carignane, petite sirah, alicante, mataro, etc.) imparts elegance and definition not usually associated with zinfandel. It's hard to describe a "typical" Geyserville. Each vintage is unique, distinct, extraordinary. Yet they do have elements in common, including the blackest of blackberry fruit, peppery spice, tar, cedar. The term "layered" was invented for Geyserville. And the wines change, re-inventing themselves in bottle, developing more nuance and complexity as years pass. The '73 still shines.
Brambly black fruits, cedar, spice, med tannin, fairly complex
Brambly black fruits, cedar, spice, med tannin, fairly complex9.1
Honestly I was hoping for more here. Obviously well made but not standing out.
Honestly I was hoping for more here. Obviously well made but not standing out.9.0
This is really good, tons of structure. Complexity shows after half an hour in the glass. Beautiful briary finish.
This is really good, tons of structure. Complexity shows after half an hour in the glass. Beautiful briary finish.9.2