2014 Ridge "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The proprietary red wine, the 2014 Geyserville from Alexander Valley is a big boy at 14.6% alcohol. Made from a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvèdre, this is a big-time winner in 2014, with copious quantities of juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit, some wood spice and loamy soil undertones. Full-bodied, fleshy and seductive, the wine is clean, pure, textured, and offers sensational drinking now and over the next 7-8 years. (RP)
The 2014 Zinfandel Geyserville is just as beautiful from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, textured and dense on the palate, the 2014 exudes depth, but in the mid-weight style of the year. The complexity of the Zinfandel-based field blend comes through in spades. The 2014 is creamy and persistent, but also graced with a mid-weight, finessed personality that is impossible to resist. In 2014, the Zinfandel is on the lower side relative to the recent past, with other grapes in the blend playing more important roles. (AG)
*One Star* At its best, Ridge's Geyserville is not a juicy, slurpy wine but one of depth and range with proven aging potential, and this wine follows right in step. Its aromas, while carrying the stamp of ripe blackberries and dark spices as well as a rich veneer of vanilla bean oak, are on the closed-in side and its palatal impressions are deep on the one hand and a bit hard and astringent on the other. Fans need not worry about anything amiss, but they will be asked to exercise their usual patience while waiting four to six years for the wine to open up.
The dark color suggests a brooding style, but this blend shows more finesse than sheer power, offering notes of black cherry, white pepper and tobacco. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Drink now through 2027. 9,900 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)
From their estate in Alexander Valley, the 2014 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. The winemaker notes the dark, purple-ruby wines shows aromas of blackberry jam with "candied plums, gravel, spearmint, sweet oak, tropical floral notes. Fresh, intense bramble fruit entry; lively acidity, elegant tannins, mint, gravelly earth. Multi-dimensional: layered, deep, seductive flavors; lingering finish."