Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2015

$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

Patrick V

Excellent Zin - great now but can only get better.

Excellent Zin - great now but can only get better.

9.0

Steve Mitchell

Very nice blend with a peppery finish.

Very nice blend with a peppery finish.

9.3

Steve Mitchell

Nicely balanced.

Nicely balanced.

9.4

Gary Grose

Still amazing even without Paul Draper driving for Ridge. Pencil shavings and muted to start and then opens with decanter. Nice blended zin.

Still amazing even without Paul Draper driving for Ridge. Pencil shavings and muted to start and then opens with decanter. Nice blended zin.

9.0

Adam Beasley

Of the handful of Geyserville vintages I have had, back to 03, this is my favorite. I decanted for 2.5 hours, and it continued to evolve over a couple of hours. This deserves more time in the cellar, but whatever. Dark, brambly black and red fruit, black licorice, white pepper, baking spices, & clove on the nose (with none of the meaty, soy sauce flavors the 2015 Pagani Ranch had recently). The oak is there for sure but it suits the wine. Explosively flavorful... I look forward to seeing how this taste in the future. Great Father’s Day bottle!

Of the handful of Geyserville vintages I have had, back to 03, this is my favorite. I decanted for 2.5 hours, and it continued to evolve over a couple of hours. This deserves more time in the cellar, but whatever. Dark, brambly black and red fruit, black licorice, white pepper, baking spices, & clove on the nose (with none of the meaty, soy sauce flavors the 2015 Pagani Ranch had recently). The oak is there for sure but it suits the wine. Explosively flavorful... I look forward to seeing how this taste in the future. Great Father’s Day bottle!

9.3

Dyann Panepinto

Tom and Dyann had the 2015 March 2019...our nephew told us to age it...we held it for two years! This was a spectacular zin!

Tom and Dyann had the 2015 March 2019...our nephew told us to age it...we held it for two years! This was a spectacular zin!

9.0

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