Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2019 [3.0 L]
(Sonoma County, California) - [WS 93]
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About this Wine:
This is Ridge’s 54th consecutive vintage of Geyserville. The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards on a single soil type, deposited by an ancient washout of the Russian River that carried river stone and gravel. It is approximately one-and-a-quarter miles long and half a mile wide.
#24 Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2021
Winemaker Tasting Notes:
Dark garnet red with classic Geyserville nose of ripe black cherry and plum, gravel, wintergreen, and beautiful oak spice. Deep and sensuously layered with polished tannins, river-rock minerality, and a long finish. EB (10/20)
Technical DataVineyard: Geyserville
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Varietal Composition: 71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet
Harvest Dates: 16 September – 8 October
Average Brix: 24.6˚
TA: 6.83 g/L
Fermentation: Full Crush, 100% floating cap. Natural primary and natural secondary (malolactic) fermentations; daily pump-overs; pressed at six days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (20% new, 2% one year-old, 22% two years-old, 25% three years-old, and 22% four years-old and 9% five years-old).
Aging: Twelve months in barrel
Ratings & Reviews95 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide:
“In the very first Issue of Connoisseurs’ Guide, back in November, 1974, Ridge Geyserville was among the most highly praised wines. And, now four decades and five years later, the very same wine sits at the top of the ratings table. But here is an interesting difference. This wine is among the most mannerly Geyservilles ever. Yes, it is its usually deep and complex self with ripe berries both black and blue profoundly expressed all joined with the richness and flavor length that has been prominent in the very best vintages. And, yes, that expected stratum of solid tannins shows up in the finish and promises a long and rewarding aging curve. This is Geyserville, and it still makes our palates sing and puts a smile on our faces. Buy it.” (July 2021)
94 Points - James Suckling:
“A beautiful red with lots of blackberries, cloves, stone, spice and purple fruit. It’s full and balanced with a creamy texture and a flavorful finish. Some graphite to the black fruit. More zin this year in the blend. 71% zinfandel, 19% carignan, 7% petite sirah and 3% alicante bouschet. Drink now.” (March 2021)
93 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine:
“The oldest vines at Ridge’s Geyserville Vineyard were planted 130 years ago in a gravel wash off the Russian River. Today, the wine layers the fruit of successive generations of vines while combining zinfandel and carignane with petite syrah and alicante bouschet. All those elements come together in a complex tapestry of flavor, smoky in its concentration, lasting on scents of herbs, flowers and berries. As elegant as the wine may be, it is not shy in its rich power. Geyserville often reaches its peak between ten and 20 years from the vintage and this one should age as well.” - J.G. (6/2021)
93 Points, #24 Top 100 Wines of 2021 - Wine Spectator:
"Deeply structured, yet nimble on its feet. Blackberry, fresh fennel and brown baking spices build richness and layers toward medium-grained tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2030."
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
“Deep and rich in flavor, this full-bodied wine will continue improving with age. It shows generous, late-picked blackberry flavors along with accents of vanilla, milk chocolate and black pepper, while mild tannins give it some nice heft in the texture. Best through 2030.” - Jim Gordon (8/2021)
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
“Rich, medium to full-bodied, and expansive on the palate, it has some obvious minerality, building tannins, and a great finish...” (7/2021)