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Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2009 (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 94] [CG 90]
Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2009 (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 94] [CG 90]


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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 74% zin, 17% carignane, 6% pet sirah, 2% alicante
Region: Geyserville, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Varietal Information

bottled February 2011
74% zinfandel, 17% carignane, 6% petite sirah, 2% alicante bouschet, 1% mataro (mourvedre)
14.3% alcohol by volume


Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site zinfandel in every year since 1966. The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards on a defined stretch of gravelly soil approximately one-and-a-quarter miles long and a half-mile wide.


Harvest Dates: 11 September – 7 October
Grapes: Average brix 24.6 degrees
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary; limited use of submerged cap, limited pump-overs; pressed at six days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 47% one and two years old, 33%  three and four years old.)
Aging: Fifteen months in barrel


All estate-grown grapes, hand harvested. Destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria. 41mg/liter (3,500 grams total) calcium carbonate to three small fermentors to moderate unusually firm acidity; 25/100 of one percent rehydration (added to three particularly ripe young vine parcels); minimum effective sulfur (35 ppm at crush; 105 ppm over the course of aging). Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Saturated ruby color. Penetrating cherry/plum fruit, black tea, pepper/clove spice, gravel, tar, mint. Fresh bramble entry, polished tannins. Opulent, balanced, complete. -Eric Baugher (2/11)

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Geyserville is a gorgeous wine. It shows expressive inner perfume, sweet black cherries, menthol and minerals. This is an understated, exceptionally elegant red endowed with considerable finesse and fabulous overall balance. A round, sensual finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. In 2009 the blend is 74% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029.

I tasted a breathtaking array of wines during my recent visit with Paul Draper at Ridge. Draper is a true American icon, so it’s great to see him doing well after a bout with illness. I also tasted a number of older wines, including several Monte Bellos going back to the 1970s. Heretical as it may sound, I think the wines Draper is making today will prove to be far superior to the wines of decades past, many of which are rightly considered legendary. For ease of reference I have also included notes on all of the Ridge wines made outside the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chardonnays are fermented with native yeasts and go into barrel with their gross lees, which are stirred once a week. The malos usually start the following spring. The wines are assembled just before the following harvest and go back into neutral oak. Aging is about 15 months for the Estate and 17 months for the Chardonnay Monte Bello, with a maximum of 25% new barrels. The reds are fermented with ambient yeasts, undergo malolactic fermentation in tank (except for the Monte Bello which is mostly done in barrel) and stay on their gross lees until the following spring." - Robert Parker (Aug 2011)

90 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine:
"Ridge Geyserville bottlings are often among the more complex and well-balanced Zins to be had, and this young, firmly built opus reminds of claret in terms of its structure. It is moderately fruity if still a little tight and constrained back its finishing acids, and it has the depth to relax, expand and improve for five or more years. Reviewed: September 2011"

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