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Ridge Vineyards “Geyserville” Zinfandel Blend Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California 2011 (750mL)
RidgeVineyard’s “Geyserville” blend is arguably the wine that put old-vine Zinfandel on the map. It’s the anchor flagship for the winery with the famed Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon that's farmed off their famed Santa Cruz Mountain property. It’s a true icon that dates back to 1966 when the winery bottled its first vintage. Named after the location from where the vines have been growing for over 100+ years on the western edge of Alexander Valley between the towns of Healdsburg and Geyserville in Sonoma County. The “Old Patch” section of the vineyard contains vines that are more than 130 years of age, making for the oldest parcel that the winery grows and harvests. Red blends are more fashionable than ever, but it was Ridge that truly introduced the concept to the American market. It was the first blend to be commercially produced, listing the exact proportions of grapes printed on the label. The 2011 has two-thirds Zinfandel with a high-percentage of Carignane with Petite Sirah and a dash of Mataró (mourvèdre) completing the package.
Wow! With nearly 10 years of bottle age, this offering is plush and sensuous. With
some aeration in the glass, one will immediately realize that the “Geyserville”
deserves a few years of bottle age to be truly appreciated. Black cherry, plum,
lavender, graphite, and baking spice play a central theme with just the right
amount of toasty oak. The long and spicy finish is the exclamation point! Great
now but this will evolve further in another five years. Extremely limited
library offering so grab it fast before it's gone.
- CountryUnited States
- RegionSonoma County, California
- Sub-RegionAlexander Valley
- SoilDeep Gravelly Loam & River Rocks
- BlendZinfandel 78%, Carignane 16%, Petite Sirah 4%, Alicante Bouschet 1%, Mataró (Mourvèdre) 1%
- Oak100% American oak barrels (24% new, 50% one and two years old, 26% three and four years old.)
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBordeaux Stems
- Decanting60 Minutes
- PairingBraised Short Ribs
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