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Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2007 (Geyserville, Sonoma County, California) - Robert Parker [91] - Wine Spectator - [91] - Connoisseurs' Guide [91] - Ranked #1 Zinfandel SF Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2009
Ridge "Geyserville" Zinfandel 2007 (Geyserville, Sonoma County, California) - Robert Parker [91] - Wine Spectator - [91] - Connoisseurs' Guide [91] - Ranked #1 Zinfandel SF Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2009


 
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Winery: Ridge Vineyards
Varietal: 58% Zin; 22% Carignane; 18% Petit. Sirah; 2% Matar
Region: Geyserville, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: RIDGEGEYSERVILLEZIN07-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:

Winter quickly came and went, leaving the vines short on rain, but in good shape to begin an early growing season. A mild summer moderated the pace of ripening, allowing color and flavor to intensify. Mid-August heat accelerated maturation, and we harvested at ideal ripeness from late August through September. Parcels and sub-parcels fermented on natural yeasts in fifty small tanks. As we blind-tasted over the ensuing months, Geyserville's unique character seemed clearest in thirty-nine of the lots. The exceptional quality of carignane and petite sirah argued for their full inclusion; percentages are comparable to the superb 1991 vintage. By year's end, the blend was aging in air-dried american oak barrels.


What Does It Taste Like?

58% ZINFANDEL, 22% CARIGNANE, 18% PETITE SIRAH, 2% MATARO (MOURVEDRE). Sensuous structure and opulent fruit give this fine wine immediate appeal. Firm tannins and acidity assure its longevity over the next ten to twelve years.

Ratings / Reviews:

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 91 Points:
"The dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Geyserville Proprietary Red (58% Zinfandel, 22% Carignan, 18% Petite Sirah, and the rest Mourvedre with 14.4% alcohol) offers up attractive aromas of boysenberries, black cherries, earth, pepper, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure, this classy wine should drink well for 7-8 years."

Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wine - 91 Points:
"58% Zinfandel; 22% Carignane; 18% Petite Sirah; 2% Mataro. An intriguing note of cranberry-like fruit sets this offering off on a track of its own while complexing elements of sweet oak, anise, dark chocolate and tar contribute further distinction. Somewhat tighter than most past Geyserville bottlings, it is a solidly structured effort whose ample richness is met by lots of vitality, and, if a bit angular at this point, it promises to blossom with a few years of age and reward those with patience." (05/09)

Wine Spectator Magazine - 91 Points:
"Ripe, exotic and loaded with personality. Aromas of ripe blackberry, underbrush and licorice lead to concentrated huckleberry and cracked-pepper beef flavors that finish with lively tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Best from 2010 through 2015. 11,000 cases made." (June 29, 2009)

Ranked #1 Zinfandel on San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2009:
"The best Geyserville in years, and a reminder of Ridge's quintessential restrained style. Sweet and subtle, with balsam, plump blackberry and a smoky edge, plus impeccable balance and a subtle, gutsy structure." (12/09)



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