2017 Ridge Geyserville Proprietary Red

Year: 2017
Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 92+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$37.95
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THIS MAY BE THEIR BEST EVER!!...JUST A WOW YOU WINE!!

"Tightly focused yet expressive, with floral cherry, smoky dill and black pepper flavors that linger toward briary tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2025. 9,500 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"A first look at the 2017 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine revealed immense promise. Despite having been in barrel for a mere six months, it's already offering up complex aromas of raspberries, blackberries and exotic spice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and succulent, with superb concentration, a lovely line of ripe acidity and a chalky, fine-grained finish. The wine attained 14.7% alcohol, and Baugher believes it will be one of the best renditions of Geyserville in a decade.

This was a great set of recent releases from Ridge, with the superb 2016 Geyserville standing out as a particular highlight. I've also included a few notes on barrel samples tasted at the Monte Bello winery. For my notes on the winery's flagship Bordeaux blend, Monte Bello, readers are directed to my extensive feature on that wine, also published in this issue. Ridge boasts as illustrious a history as any winery in California, but they certainly aren't resting on their laurels. Indeed, a persuasive case could be made that Ridge is currently producing the best wines they've ever made." (WA)

"The 2017 Zinfandel Geyserville exudes energy, but it is also very tight and closed in on itself. Time in the glass helps the wine open up, but only to a limited extent. Pretty scents of leather, savory herbs, spice and earthiness hint at what is to come. Readers should plan on being patient, but Ridge lovers know that. In most years, Geyserville starts hitting its stride around age ten." (VM)

"Starting off with aromas of a controlled and mannerly cast, but quickly opening up with air to show great depth and a promise of more to come, this wine is a bit brooding yet deeply endowed. Its early blackberry scents gain notes of dark soils, bark and sweet oak over time in the glass, and its full-bodied yet well-balanced construction on the palate could lead some to drink it up now. We would, however, counsel a more patient approach and suggest letting it rest in bottle for some three to six years at a minimum. Time is clearly its ally. Reviewed: July 2019" (CG)

"A soft and delicious red with aromas and flavors of blueberries, light chocolate and walnuts. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. 68% zinfandel, 18% carignan, 12% petite sirah and 2% alicante bouschet. Drink now." (JS)

"The 2017 Geyserville is a more pretty, streamlined example of this cuvée and offers plenty of spiced blue fruits, violets, cedarwood, and flowery incense. Medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, with firm focusing tannins, it's a departure from some of the richer, more opulent examples of this cuvée yet is beautifully balanced, has integrated acidity and tannins, and a great finish." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Dark ruby color. Aromas of ripe black cherries and plum, sweet oak, mint, and gravel earth. Rich bramble fruit entry, round and supple tannins, refreshing acidity, and layered complex fruits in a long finish. EB (12/18)