1999 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma Zinfandel

SKU #995334 Connoisseurs Guide

 Medium- dark ruby with purplish tinges; attractive, spicy, peppery, blackberry and raspberry fruit aroma; full body; big, rich, intense, spicy, peppery, cherry and red berry fruit flavors; well balanced and structured; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Should continue to reward several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.8% alcohol; 8,396 cases; a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane and 16% PS.  (11/2001)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Black cherry, mocha, espresso and mint on the nose; an initial suggestion of old wood dissipated quickly. Flavors of currant, plum and milk chocolate showed increasing texture and sweetness with aeration...  (6/2001)

Wine & Spirits

 The ancient vines at Ridge’s Geyserville vineyard grew super-ripe in ‘99, carrying a honeyed buzz into the fermentor and out into the wine. The harvest at Geyserville was two weeks later than normal, and yields were down 40 percent after June rams, both factors leading to the ripeness and concentration of this ‘99. The ripeness comes across as blackberries in honey, as toffee or the scent of halvah, bringing dessert wine to mind. Then the depths of the wine begin to show as it takes on air, growing more savory, the density of the fruit and tannins creating a complex, lasting flavor. Air sublimates the sweetness to a tremendous elegance. A great vintage of Geyserville, best enjoyed two or three years from now.  (10/2000)

Wine Spectator

 A ripe, rich, earthy style, with waxy wild berry, black cherry, blackberry, herb and minty notes. Turns a bit rustic on the finish, but the finish rings true with lively flavors. Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah.  (12/2001)

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).