The 2017 Ridge Geyserville is a 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.
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.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Having tasting nearly all of the vintages of the Ridge Geyserville, I have grown accustomed to the excellence of this wine. While it repositioned itself as a red blend, with lots of Zinfandel, it is still a “claret-style” Zinfandel on my palate. The 2017 vintage shows an excellent depth of range and flavors. Its aromas and flavors of dried fruit, bright berries, and subtle earth should pair it nicely with a roast leg of lamb. (Tasted: February 27, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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