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2013 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1199250 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark 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. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (5/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Succulent plum fruits and spiced tree barks on the nose are accented by a bit of cracked pepper. These carry into the mouth with impressive concentration, and loads of mouth-watering presence. There is plenty of intensity here with finesse. Lovely. Will do well with a few more years in bottle before opening. (ECB) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2015 | Send Email
If you haven’t tried the Lytton Springs and Geyserville bottlings by Ridge Vineyards by now you probably have been living under a rock, or on some deserted island somewhere. For decades--the first Geyserville was made in 1966 and first Lytton in 1972--these have been some of the best Zinfandel-based wines in the United States. For either instant consumption, or long term cellaring, few have ever shown as much consistent promise and continuously paid such great dividends. The 2013 Geyserville is classic and wildly representative of why Geyserville has become so famous. Deep, brooding and darkly fruited, this is a wine that is delicious right now. It has plenty of boysenberry, unsweetened cocoa powder, whole black peppercorns and a broad rich textural feel on the palate. It has that perfect balance between ripe, plush fruit and marked spice, all the while being fully accessible early. The great news is that as good as it is now, this wine is only going to get better with time, and should be a wonderful wine over the next 8-15 years.

By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2015 | Send Email
Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site Zinfandel in every year since 1966. 73% Zinfandel 17% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Mataro (Mourvedre) Lush black and red fruit, mint, cedar and spice. Good structure with aging potential.

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