2016 Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Alexander Valley Zinfandel SKU #1353993

Price: $39.95

JS 96 JD 95 RP 95
VN 95
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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Ridge was a defining producer for me in my early career and over the years they have never let me down. I remember tasting bottlings of Lytton and Geyserville that to this day are the benchmarks by which I measure Zinfandel and many northern California reds for that matter. The Geyserville hearkens back to those early days of drinking for me with its dense berry filled nose and loads of pepper and allspice. Some light floral notes dance through and expand as the wine opens. On the palate the concentration is there but with an almost seamless weight. Actually this is better than many of those old Zin blends that I used to drink as the care and detail in this wine has become more evident. I may not drink as much Zin now as I did when I first started but this wine will bring me back again and again. Truly special!
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    It was a bottle of 1990 Ridge Geyserville that first opened my eyes to the majesty of California wine. I was a burgeoning wine enthusiast living in NJ and hadn't been exposed to much high quality California wine. But my local merchant put one of these in my cart and opened up a new world for me. The very first sip just blew my mind. The copious fruit, the perfectly proportioned frame, the exceptionally long finish. I’ve been a fan of this wine ever since. The 2016 vintage brought back memories of that wine epiphany. I’ll surely be putting a few of these away for future drinking. So good!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Ridge has always been one of my favorite California producers and the Geyserville and Lytton Springs compete year after year for my top spot. Ridge has the highest quality Zinfandel vines in the state and continue year after year to show why they deserve their stellar reputation. As one of their most popular and top-end wines, the Geyserville continues to impress me this year as a stand-out from the others. It seems to have more dark fruit than in years past and I like that Ridge is not afraid to showcase vintage variability rather than follow a recipe every year. This is one of Ridge's more complex, rich wines, and again tops my list as one of my favorites.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the best young Geyservilles that I have tasted, and reminds me very much of the great 1995 when it was young. I don't think it would be an overstatement to call this bottling one of the best wines of California, as they age gracefully for decades, and are completely imbued with the soul of Sonoma. Not only does this 2016 have the wild berry fruit and spice, it has great structure. I was surprised to read that it is only 7% Petite Sirah, as the tannic backbone of this wine was better than the Cabernet we tasted next to it! It is all about the vineyard here, and if you want one of the great terroir wines of the Golden State, don't miss it!
    Drink from 2018 to 2036
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    An absolute stunner from Ridge. The 2016 Geyserville and Lytton bottlings are so good it's staggering that they still sell for under $40. Zinfandel from some of the best Zin vineyards on the planet, made by a winery with arguably more pedigree with the varietal than anyone on earth, with a track record going back many decades. Let's be honest, if this was old vine Cab, from one of the best vineyards in Napa, made by an iconic producer we'd be adding a zero to the price tag. After walking both vineyards recently I truly think this is one of the best modern day values in wine.


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