2009 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
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.
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. Drink now. 9,000 cases made. (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.