Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 1999

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 52058
  • red wine
  • RP91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • ST89
  • 1997
  • ST93
  • WS92
  • 1996
  • WS93
  • 1993
  • RP92
  • 1992
  • RP93
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Winemaker's Notes

Located on the western edge of Sonoma's Alexander Valley, Geyserville was Ridge's first source of red wine grapes, other than Monte Bello Ridge. The first vintage—1966—was an essence. The combination of Geyserville's climate, gravelly soils, and varietal mix (zinfandel, carignane, petite sirah, alicante, mataro, etc.) imparts elegance and definition not usually associated with zinfandel. It's hard to describe a "typical" Geyserville. Each vintage is unique, distinct, extraordinary. Yet they do have elements in common, including the blackest of blackberry fruit, peppery spice, tar, cedar. The term "layered" was invented for Geyserville. And the wines change, re-inventing themselves in bottle, developing more nuance and complexity as years pass. The '73 still shines. Most ageworthy of all Ridge "zinfandels," they can be (witness the '97) magnificent when young. Go taste a Geyserville. Any vintage will do.

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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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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Winemaker's Notes Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah Because of the Zinfandel's unusually firm structure, very little Petite ...
Winemaker's Notes Ridge made its first Geyserville in 1966, from nineteenth century vines growing on the western edge of Alexander ...
Winemaker's Notes Groundwater from abundant spring rains sustained the vines through a mild summer. From mid September to mid October, ...
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