2009 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Geyserville is a gorgeous wine. It shows expressive inner perfume, sweet black cherries, menthol and minerals. This is an understated, exceptionally elegant red endowed with considerable finesse and fabulous overall balance. A round, sensual finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. In 2009 the blend is 74% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029. (AG)
Ridge Geyserville bottlings are often among the more complex and well-balanced Zins to be had, and this young, firmly built opus reminds of claret in terms of its structure. It is moderately fruity if still a little tight and constrained back its finishing acids, and it has the depth to relax, expand and improve for five or more years.
A blend of many varieties, based on Zinfandel and Carignane, this is a smooth, spicy wine, brimming with ripe red fruit and smoked meat flavors, with a soy, bacony umami richness. The official alcohol is 14.3%, but it tastes hotter than that. Ideal for barbecue and roasted meats.
Jammy, with black cherry and charred oak aromas joining flavors of raspberry and spice, which shows a distinctive earthy, peaty edge. Tannins are rather hard and rustic. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Mataro. (TF, Web-2011)
Arguably one of Ridge's best-known wines from the Geyserville Vineyard, the blend is 74% Zin, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro in 2009. It's a ruby-hued beauty, with deep cherry fruit, spice and black tea aromas. On the palate the wine is briary, with mineral, mint and well-integrated tannins. Ridge at its best.