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2018 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

2018 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel
95 Points Jeb Dunnuck

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A premium wine from one of California’s greatest, oldest producers of top Zinfandel. From their Alexander Valley estate, the Ridge "Geyserville" is from the old-vine Zinfandel fruit that's been the backbone of this classic since 1966. Spiced with Carignane and other varieties for complexity and structure, Geyserville has shown amazing potential for aging.

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$70.99 in mixed 6+ or $78.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah and 2% Alicante Bouschet

Its Origins

Ridge Vineyards makes wines that compete in terms of quality and desirability with Bordeaux First Growths and Grand Cru White Burgundies. Winemaker Paul Draper has crafted 43 vintages at Ridge and his practical, hands-off, “pre-industrial” approach to winemaking has resulted in an exceptional and highly sought-after range of wines. Although a vineyard was first planted near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1885, it lay abandoned until four Stanford Research Institute engineers bought it in 1959. Ridge Vineyards was formed in 1962 and Paul Draper was appointed as winemaker in 1969. After stunning the world by their triumph in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, Ridge Vineyards shot to fame and gained cult status almost overnight. Since then, Ridge has concentrated on producing fine Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays from Monte Bello's exalted terroir as well as renowned Zinfandels from the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards in Sonoma County.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Jeb Dunnuck

“A wine that always delivers, the 2018 Geyserville checks in as 68% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, and the rest Alicante Bouschet. It has a big, cedary bouquet of red and black plums, sandalwood, potpourri, and Asian spices that develops and fills out nicely with time in the glass. This carries to a more medium-bodied Zinfandel that has wonderful purity of fruit, present yet ripe tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. This structured yet ethereal example of this cuvée ranks with the finest vintages to date. Drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years.”

94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Erin Brooks (2017 vintage)

"The 2017 Geyserville is a blend of 68% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah and 2% Alicante Bouschet, aged 14 months in American oak, 16% new. Medium ruby, it opens with lilac, chocolate box and stone fruit hints with warm blackcurrants, red and black cherries, cranberries, cedar, tobacco leaf and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, it opens slowly in the mouth to pure fruits supported by fine, chalky tannins and integrated freshness on the very long finish. This is wound tight but has loads of potential and will require at least another few years in bottle."

91-93/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2017 vintage)

"The 2017 Zinfandel Geyserville is soft, sensual and inviting, with softer curves and much more immediacy than the 2016 tasted alongside it. Racy red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and rose petal are beautifully knit together in this sensual, inviting wine. Best of all, the 2017 looks like it will drink well with minimal cellaring.”

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Zinfandel

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    California

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Maturity

    2021 - 2040

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with BLUE CHEESE
with VENISON

Taste

4

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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