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2008 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma County Zinfandel

SKU #1056210 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark 72% Zinfandel; 20% Carignane; 6% Petite Sirah; 2% Mataro. It has never been easy to regard Ridge's Geyserville bottlings simply as Zin, for, as once again is so evident here, they show a measure of depth and a degree of complexity rarely found in wines of the same name. Both rich and refined with sweeping impressions of red and black berries, sweet oak, briar, and just a touch of spiced candy, the wine exhibits remarkable energy and is never other than perfectly balanced. Its polish is sure to tempt many into drinking it now, but it has the pedigree and pieces in place to grow for years. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (5/2010)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2008 Ridge Geyserville, a blend of 72% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, and the remainder Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre, exhibits great aromatics with complex notes of leather, a touch of game, loads of spice, and beautifully ripe blackberry styled fruits. There is solid ripeness here, but the wine stays fresh and very focused. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with a solid texture, good acidity, and plenty of length on the finish, this is very drinkable now, but should easily age for a decade or longer. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Geyserville Proprietary Red (72% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, and the rest Petite Sirah, Mataro, and Mourvedre; 14.8% alcohol) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with lots of glycerin, blue and black fruits, pepper, and incense. This rich, fleshy 2008 may turn out to be more juicy and succulent than the 2007. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 74% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, a blend from Ridge's ancient mixed planted Dry Creek vineyard. See Ridge - a California exception. Very warm, welcoming and complex. A red wine you could but perhaps shouldn't drink without food. All set for a long life. Great structure with the fruit to the fore. Long and rich. 17.5/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2013)

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2010 | Send Email
This is not what is generally regarded as a typical Zinfandel. This well balanced, complex, cellar worthy wine is a true expression of classic California wine. Geyserville is a blend of Zin, Carignane, Petite Syrah and Mataro offers a bouquet dark brambly fruits and hints of toasted spices. The pallet consists of a reiteration of the same brambles as well as dark and brooding fruit. The structure that frames this wine is supple enough to be approachable now but will lie down for easily a decade. Recently at my sisters wedding we opened 92 and 94 as well as a 98 out of a magnum. All three wines were showing beautifully and were a display of the wine making prowess that Ridge embodies.
Drink from 2010 to 2020

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2010 | Send Email
Over the last 40+ years the "Geyserville" bottling from Ridge Vineyards has been one of the best, if not on many occasions THE best Zinfandel-based bottling to come out of California. Simply put, nobody does Zinfandel better than Ridge. Few, if any have the irrefutable track record of Ridge and the 2008 Geyserville only adds to that legacy. A blend this year of 72% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah and 2% Mataro, the Geyserville is both instantly accessible and age worthy. The nose is surprisingly ripe fruited with showy notes of briary blackberry, Kalamata olives, cranberry, white pepper and laces of oak toast. As typical for this bottling structure comes in spades on the palate with a dollop of dusty tannins and a long bursting finish. Flavors of clay, anise seed, dried raspberry, mocha and black coffee are perfectly meshed, and the sense of weight here is outstanding. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

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