Geyserville Zinfandel 2015 "50th Anniversary"
Ridge is without a doubt one of the best producers of Zinfandel in California and every year the Geyserville bottling sets the bar. For anyone that ever asked themselves "What is great California Zinfandel ?" this is the answer. This year proved that once again that pound for pound the Geyserville is a tour de force. What I love about this bottling is that there is always a beautiful acid core that drives this wine forward. The 2015 vintage has excellent structure, and like all of Ridge, should age. It's drinking so well right now that it's hard to think about aging. You just want to start drinking.
"Saturated ruby color. Intense dark berry fruits, gravel earth, black licorice, mint, and exotic spices. Powerful bramble fruit entry, sensuous, well-defined tannins, great depth of flavor, enjoyable lengthy finish."
Eric Baugher-winemakers notes
Geyserville is a traditional field blend of zinfandel and its complementary varieties: carignane, petite sirah, and mataro (mourvedre). Each vintage is unique, distinct, extraordinary… yet they do have elements in common, including the blackest of blackberry fruit, ripe plum, rich cherry, and cedar. A remarkably consistent and elegant wine with exceptional layering, Geyserville’s unique flavor characteristics are often attributed to the relatively higher percentage of carignane, added to the petite sirah found in most of our other zinfandels. Among the most age-worthy of Ridge wines, Geyserville often drinks beautifully well beyond 10 years of age.
The history of Geyserville cannot be told without mentioning the Trentadue family. Leo and Evelyn Trentadue sold the Monte Bello Winery to the four founding partners of Ridge, and the founders purchased fruit from the oldest vines on the Trentadue’s Sonoma ranch on the southern edge of the Geyserville township. From that purchase, the first vintage of Ridge Geyserville was born. The close relationship with the Trentadues continues to this day. Ridge has made Geyserville as a single-site zinfandel every year since 1966.