Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2013

$39.99

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. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

My first pop of this vintage of Geyserville. I don’t open zin often, and when I do it’s normally on the young side, so I was unsure how this would show (perfect, too early or too much in a quiet period). I think this is a combo of the last two. Following over two days (and out of a Zalto universal), this sports a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass, albeit closer to black cherry at its core. Aromatics really jumped on day two showing notes of rhubarb, rosemary, mint, and just a faint kiss of that classical Ridge American oak usage. Vibrant and energetic acidity on the palate...certainly not a jammy/flabby style zin. The palate reveals red and black berry medley, cherry infused mocha, cocoa, and a slight note of spice on the finish. I think this may be in a quiet period, but more than anything, it’s young...I’d decant a couple hours if opening any time soon.

My first pop of this vintage of Geyserville. I don’t open zin often, and when I do it’s normally on the young side, so I was unsure how this would show (perfect, too early or too much in a quiet period). I think this is a combo of the last two. Following over two days (and out of a Zalto universal), this sports a beautiful dark ruby color in the glass, albeit closer to black cherry at its core. Aromatics really jumped on day two showing notes of rhubarb, rosemary, mint, and just a faint kiss of that classical Ridge American oak usage. Vibrant and energetic acidity on the palate...certainly not a jammy/flabby style zin. The palate reveals red and black berry medley, cherry infused mocha, cocoa, and a slight note of spice on the finish. I think this may be in a quiet period, but more than anything, it’s young...I’d decant a couple hours if opening any time soon.

9.2

Hayden Hamilton

Not my favorite Ridge but hard to go wrong with Ridge. Always easy and accessible. Lots of dark fruit, plum and cherry, but some interesting brighter sweeter fruit as well - strawberry and even a hint of more exotic flavors - pineapple and coconut.

Not my favorite Ridge but hard to go wrong with Ridge. Always easy and accessible. Lots of dark fruit, plum and cherry, but some interesting brighter sweeter fruit as well - strawberry and even a hint of more exotic flavors - pineapple and coconut.

8.9

Charlie Tapp

Black fruit, oak, clove and smoke.

Black fruit, oak, clove and smoke.

9.1

Brendan Baker

Brambly black fruits, cedar, spice, med tannin, fairly complex

Brambly black fruits, cedar, spice, med tannin, fairly complex

9.1

Chris Koupal

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

Jon Ruyle

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

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