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2011 Ridge Geyserville (1.5l) [Printable View]
Producer: Ridge Vineyards ridgewine.com   details
Appellation: Sonoma County - California - United States
Type: red
Varietal: Zinfandel - Carignan - Petite Sirah - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Hold
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$79.00
 
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rated (2011 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 26, 2013 , Connoisseur's Guide
95 points "95 points Connoisseurs Guide *Three Stars* Another stunner under the Geyserville moniker, this rich, nicely layered offering combines red and black berries with touches of dried leaves and black pepper in its mid-volume aromas. And, as promising as the nose seems to be, the wine is even more deeply packed on the palate where its blackberry, raspberry, darkly spiced fruit is joined by background notes of creamy oak. Latter palate tannin assures that this version of Geyserville will enjoy the long-aging abilities of its predecessors. (5/ 2013) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2011 Geyserville impresses for its silkiness and texture. Sweet dark berries, flowers and mint are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The 2011 is a decidedly mid-weight, feminine style of Geyserville. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift and vibrancy. The 2011 should drink well upon release and also age. To make the 2011, Ridge was especially selective and fewer parcels made it into the blend than normal, especially with the Petite Sirah. The blend is 80% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 3% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2031. (8/ 2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (made from a blend of 78% zinfandel, 16% carignane, 4% petite sirah, 1% alicante bouschet and 1% mataro): Youthful violet color. Powerful, musky aromas of dried cherry, cassis, violet and vanilla, with a floral topnote. Energetic and precise on the palate, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors that become sweeter with air. A mocha quality comes up on the smooth, gently tannic finish, which lingers with very good tenacity. This fruit was harvested between September 21 and October 3, so all was in literally a day before the heavy rains fell. (6/ 2013) " Best 2014-2031
rated (2009 vintage, 750ml bottle) : September 14, 2011 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
94 points ""The 2009 Geyserville is a gorgeous wine. It shows expressive inner perfume, sweet black cherries, menthol and minerals. This is an understated, exceptionally elegant red endowed with considerable finesse and fabulous overall balance. A round, sensual finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. In 2009 the blend is 74% Zinfandel, 17% Carignane, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029." (08/11) It's a ruby-hued beauty, with deep cherry fruit, spice and black tea aromas. On the palate the wine is briary, with mineral, mint and well-integrated tannins. Ridge at its best. According to Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of many varieties, based on Zinfandel and Carignane, this is a smooth, spicy wine, brimming with ripe red fruit and smoked meat flavors, with a soy, bacony umami richness. The official alcohol is 14.3%, but it tastes hotter than that. Ideal for barbecue and roasted meats." (09/11) By:Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 13, 2011 If you haven’t tried the Lytton Springs and Geyserville bottlings by Ridge Vineyards by now you probably have been living under a rock, or on some deserted island somewhere. For decades, the first Geyserville was made in 1966 and first Lytton in 1972, these have been the best zinfandel based wines in the United States. For either instant consumption or long term cellaring few have ever shown as much promise and continuously paid such great dividends. Geyserville has consistently been my favorite bottling from Ridge over time. There is something that just hits my palate right about this wine; I think it is the perfect combination of fruit, spice, oak and texture for a Zinfandel based wine. A touch brighter and higher toned than the Lytton Springs bottling this has powerful aromas of black raspberry, nutmeg, cedar and toasted marshmallow. More purely fruited this year than in the recent past this has bursting flavors of blueberry, ash, black tea and a touch of dill from the American Oak used in the aging of the wine. Clean, ripe, focused and complete with a wonderful sappiness this is delicious now and will only get better over the next decade. " Best 2012-2029
rated (2006 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 15, 2009 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
91 points Best 2010-2015
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