2010 Ridge Zinfandel Geyserville

Year: 2010
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 89
Red Wine
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"The 2010 Geyserville impresses for its sensual perfume, bright red cherries, rose petals and stone fruit. The Carignane plays an important role in the personality of the 2010. The blend is 62% Zinfandel, 22% Carignane and 14% Petite Sirah. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.

I tasted a breathtaking array of wines during my recent visit with Paul Draper at Ridge. Draper is a true American icon, so it’s great to see him doing well after a bout with illness. I also tasted a number of older wines, including several Monte Bellos going back to the 1970s. Heretical as it may sound, I think the wines Draper is making today will prove to be far superior to the wines of decades past, many of which are rightly considered legendary. For ease of reference I have also included notes on all of the Ridge wines made outside the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Chardonnays are fermented with native yeasts and go into barrel with their gross lees, which are stirred once a week. The malos usually start the following spring. The wines are assembled just before the following harvest and go back into neutral oak. Aging is about 15 months for the Estate and 17 months for the Chardonnay Monte Bello, with a maximum of 25% new barrels. The reds are fermented with ambient yeasts, undergo malolactic fermentation in tank (except for the Monte Bello which is mostly done in barrel) and stay on their gross lees until the following spring." (WA)

"($37) (64% zinfandel, 20% carignane, 12% petite sirah and 2% each of alicante bouschet and mataro): Glass-staining ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by suggestions of mace, star anise and smoky herbs. Sweet dark fruit flavors pick up a refreshingly bitter quality with air, along with a note of candied violet. Spicy and broad on the finish, which clings with impressive sweetness and persistence. This wine drinks well now, especially with a bit of aeration. (JR)" (IWC)

"Showing the same slightly uneasy mix of edgy tartness and high ripeness found in its hot and lean East Bench companion, this year's Geyserville may be a fairly deep wine, but it comes with a couple of caveats. It is very tight, and its acid-amplified tannins are too dominant just now, yet its resilient fruit somehow fights through and survives at the finish. While useful with the likes of marinated lamb in the near term, this is one that wants laying down for a good five or six years. Reviewed: May 2012" (CG)