2013 Ridge "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel (1.5L)
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. (AG)
*Two Stars* Taking its accustomed place near the head of this year's class, Ridge's classic field blend is once again a wine of great depth and range, and one that comes with the demand for aging. It is fully ripe but never close to being too much and is loaded with deep, dark berry fruit, and it already shows highlights of dried flowers and sweet spice that presage increased complexity to come. It is weighty but impeccably balanced and quite long at the finish, and, given Geyserville bottlings' stellar track record for aging, this one can be held with complete confidence for a good many years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from 73% Zinfandel, 17% Carignan, 9% Petite Sirah and a splash of Mourvèdre, the 2013 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a sexy, voluptuous, concentrated and hedonistic beauty that offers tons of plum, licorice, roasted herbs and leather like aromas and flavors. One of the more ripe and decadent wines in the lineup, it has the mid-palate depth and concentration to evolve for 15+ years.(JD)
Dense and structured, showing bright acidity and fruit. The black cherry, coconut and dill aromas lead to rustic flavors of smoky plum, fresh herb and white pepper. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. (TF)
From their estate in Alexander Valley, the 2013 Ridge "Geyserville" was made from the old-vine Zinfandel fruit that's been the backbone of this classic wine since 1966. With the addition of a small amount of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro for structure, Geyserville holds an amazing track record for aging potential, and will cellar for several decades. Winemaker Eric Baugher notes hints of bramble fruit, mint and minerality in this vintage, underlined by a lively acidity. Pair this food-friendly elixir with a leg of lamb or a hearty stew.