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*
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.
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)
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)
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