Located on the western edge of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, Geyserville was Ridge’s first source of red wine grapes, aside from Monte Bello. 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.
Does a “typical” Geyserville exist? Each vintage is unique, distinct, extraordinary. Common elements include the blackest of blackberry fruit, peppery spice, tar, and cedar. The term “layered” was invented for Geyserville. The wines evolve, re-inventing themselves in bottle, developing more nuance and complexity as years pass. The ’73 still shines. Go taste a Geyserville. Any vintage will do.
“It’s hard to believe that Ridge’s iconic Zinfandel Geyserville celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. Today, the wine is quite deep, powerful and unyielding. Of course, the low yields of the vintage have a lot to do with that. I am not surprised winemaker Eric Baugher decided to give the 2015 a few more months in barrel, as there is a lot of stuffing here. The interplay of fruit, aromatics and acidity is compelling. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, rose petal and woodsmoke infuse the finish. The 2015 is going to need time to be at its best, but it is impressive.”
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Aug 2017
“Another wine from this estate that has a terrific track record for aging beautifully, the 2015 Geyserville checks in as a blend of 70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah, and the balance Alicante Bouschet. It offers elegant, lively notes of spice plums, leather, white pepper and brambly herbs in a medium-bodied, silky, charming, and undeniably elegant style. It stays fresh and lively on the palate, and like most of these 2015 Zinfandel releases, is already a joy to drink.”
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Rhone Report, Aug 2017