Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2014

$37.99

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 2014 Zinfandel Geyserville appears to be especially marked by the Carignane at this stage, especially in the lifted, super-expressive aromatics. Silky tannins balance the gravitas of the 100+ year-old Zinfandel in a focused, nuanced Geyserville built on raciness. Bright red cherry, plum and floral notes punctuate the finish. The blend is 60% Zinfandel, 22% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 2% Mataro (Mourvèdre). 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.

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Ratings on Delectable

Tobin Trevarthen Delectable Pro

Classic Ridge. Well balanced. Big berry, smothered in soft goodness.

Classic Ridge. Well balanced. Big berry, smothered in soft goodness.

9.2

Riccardo L. Delectable Pro

Memories of Banff. So good.

Memories of Banff. So good.

9.0

Steve Mitchell

Nice blend by Ridge.

Nice blend by Ridge.

9.1

Bev Crair

So glad I have several bottles of this!!

So glad I have several bottles of this!!

9.4

JFP

Opened well. Excellent choice for a good creole dinner.

Opened well. Excellent choice for a good creole dinner.

9.0

Timothy Lynch

I just don't get it.

I just don't get it.

6.1

Mark Flesher

I have this mental stigma for some reason that all Ridge wines need to age for 10+ years or so before they are popped no matter what they are. And they are all usually quite good at this age. Yet when I finally DO open these up younger (such as this), I wonder why I wait! This wine has a nose and front palate of sweet roasted figs, tobacco, a bit of a savory note even and a hint of mushroom and soy sauce. But this wine enters medium+ bodied and gains more weight as goes to the finish. Dried herb, black cherry and red licorice to the finish. Tannins seem rather soft yet I feel that quite a bit is present here. Drink or hold!

I have this mental stigma for some reason that all Ridge wines need to age for 10+ years or so before they are popped no matter what they are. And they are all usually quite good at this age. Yet when I finally DO open these up younger (such as this), I wonder why I wait! This wine has a nose and front palate of sweet roasted figs, tobacco, a bit of a savory note even and a hint of mushroom and soy sauce. But this wine enters medium+ bodied and gains more weight as goes to the finish. Dried herb, black cherry and red licorice to the finish. Tannins seem rather soft yet I feel that quite a bit is present here. Drink or hold!

9.2

Craig Marino

Great bottle. Not jammy and not too spicy.

Great bottle. Not jammy and not too spicy.

9.2

Jon Ruyle

This is absolutely beautiful. Haven’t enjoyed a zin this much in a long time.

This is absolutely beautiful. Haven’t enjoyed a zin this much in a long time.

9.3

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.