2006 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma Zinfandel
Wine & Spirits
A plump, juicy zinfandel, this manages to be vibrant and savory at once. The ancient vines at Geyserville yield spicy berries, their tannins as black as bittersweet chocolate. The impression from the alcohol is generous, while the finish remains clean and cool. Best with at least ten years of cellar time.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Black raspberry, blueberry, smoked meat and dried violet on the fresh nose. Juicy, sharply focused red and dark berry flavors are dusted with suave minerals and firmed by supple tannins, with an exotic floral pastille note emerging on the back. Finishes sappy, sweet and long, with a deeper cherry note. Already quite complex.
*One Star* It is usual for Ridge's Geyserville bottling to vie for top Zinfandel honors in every vintage, and, the 2006 version exhibits the depth and density and solid structure that we have come to expect. It hints at chocolate and a bit of raisiny fruit, and picks up an edge of tannin and heat at the end. It is, however, not fully in focus just yet, but given the ageworthy nature of its predecessors, it is likely to improve over time and comes with a recommendation for several years of cellaring.
Just like the tasty Sonoma field-style blends of yore, with distinct toasty dill and berry cobbler aromas and zesty raspberry, cracked pepper and earthy sage flavors that end with slightly rustic tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Drink now through 2015.
Very different fruit character on the nose compared with the Lytton Springs. Still quite red but sweeter and more like damson and red cherry like the centre of a cherry liqueur chocolate. And a touch more fruit sweetness. Very fragrant. Sensuous but so lively too. Concentrated, moreish, dry and really determined. Fine purity of fruit yet in a spectrum of flavours that do not often coincide with freshness. Spicy long finish. Both power and freshness and so easy to drink although it has plenty of time to go. 17.5/20 points. (JH)
70% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, and 2% Mataro.