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Date Printed: 11/25/2014
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2003
Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2003
(search item no. 86938)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/25/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 Decanter rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ridge made its first Geyserville in 1966, from nineteenth century vines growing on the western edge of Alexander Valley. Over time, we have included more grapes planted along this quarter-mile-wide strip, which follows the old San Francisco & Northern Pacific Railway right-of-way. This distinctive "single site" now consists of three adjoining vineyards that share the same gravelly soils, exposure, and climate. In 2003, a period of intense heat in mid-September ripened all the zinfandel within two weeks; we harvested non-stop to hold sugars and overripeness in check. Reduced circulation during the natural-yeast fermentations moderated tannin extraction. We pressed at seven days, and a natural malolactic finished within five weeks. After a year of barrel aging in air-dried american oak, the wine was fined with fresh egg whites. This elegant Geyserville is delightful now, but will gain in complexity over the next five to eight years.

76% zinfandel, 18% carignane, 6% petite sirah

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About Ridge Vineyards:

Ridge's history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello in 1892. The historic building now serves as the Ridge production facility.

Though Ridge began as a Cabernet winery, by the mid-60s it had produced several Zinfandels including the Geyserville. In 1972, Lytton Springs joined the line-up and the two came to represent an important part of Ridge production. Known primarily for its red wines, Ridge has also made limited amounts of Chardonnay since 1962.

The Ridge approach is straightforward: find the most intense and flavorful grapes, guide the natural process, draw all the fruit's richness into the wine. Decisions on when to pick, when to press, when to rack, what varietals and what parcels to include and when to bottle, are based on taste. To retain the nuances that increase complexity, Ridge winemakers handle the grapes and wine as gently as possible. There are no recipes, only attention and sensitivity.