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2008 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma County Zinfandel SKU #1056210

Price: $44.99

CG 94 JD 92 RP 90-92
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  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    8/30/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    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
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    6/1/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    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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