Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah
Because of the Zinfandel's unusually firm
structure, very little Petite Sirah was included in the blend. As in
most years, the 120-year-old Carignane was an
elegant, vibrant addition. This outstanding vintage
aged fourteen months in air-dried American oak.
Rich primary fruit gives the wine immediate
appeal; it will develop greater complexity over the
next ten years.
"77% Zinfandel; 17% Carignane; 6% Petite Sirah. Some years back Ridge removed the varietal identifier from its Geyserville red wine made substantially from Zinfandel but a field-blend in reality. But whatever they call it, it has been and continues to be a terrific Zinfandel by any standard. Its deep but still developing aromas of berries, brownies and sweet oak give way to more open and accessible ripe-berry flavors, and, contrary to the latter-day norm, the wine is free of excessive ripeness or evident heat. It has the depth to enjoy now, but given Geyserville's track record for longevity and the wine's nascent character, it is wise to cellar away a few bottles."
Color:From the moment you pour, this wine looks young. Very bright purple. I was expecting something deeper (2 of 3). Smell: The nose is pretty thin for such a well-rated wine. Certainly not promising. I don't expect much from the wine after smelling it (2 of 4). Taste: The bouquet does not mislead! The wine is indeed thin and un-remarkable, though not distasteful. Tastes over-filtered, and has a short finish (what is there is well blended though) (3 of 8). Overall: It's just okay. (2 of 5) Total Score: 9 out of 20.