2014 Ridge Zinfandel Geyserville

Year: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.6%
Price :

60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 4% Mataro

"The dark color suggests a brooding wine but this blend shows more finesse than sheer power, offering notes of black cherry, white pepper and tobacco. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Drink now through 2027. 9,900 cases made. –TF" (WS)

"The proprietary red wine, the 2014 Geyserville from Alexander Valley is a big boy at 14.6% alcohol. Made from a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignan, 12% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvèdre, this is a big-time winner in 2014, with copious quantities of juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit, some wood spice and loamy soil undertones. Full-bodied, fleshy and seductive, the wine is clean, pure, textured, and offers sensational drinking now and over the next 7-8 years." (WA)

"The 2014 Zinfandel Geyserville is just as beautiful from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, textured and dense on the palate, the 2014 exudes depth, but in the mid-weight style of the year. The complexity of the Zinfandel-based field blend comes through in spades. The 2014 is creamy and persistent, but also graced with a mid-weight, finessed personality that is impossible to resist. In 2014, the Zinfandel is on the lower side relative to the recent past, with other grapes in the blend playing more important roles." (VM)

"At its best, Ridge's Geyserville is not a juicy, slurpy wine but one of depth and range with proven aging potential, and this wine follows right in step. Its aromas, while carrying the stamp of ripe blackberries and dark spices as well as a rich veneer of vanilla bean oak, are on the closed-in side and its palatal impressions are deep on the one hand and a bit hard and astringent on the other. Fans need not worry about anything amiss, but they will be asked to exercise their usual patience while waiting four to six years for the wine to open up. Reviewed: September 2016" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Aromas of black cherry, plum, toasted oak, and gravelly-rock mineral. Full-bodied with chalky tannins and deep flavors of bramble, blackberries, and fresh mint. Sensuous, layered flavors that persist in a long finish.