Ridge Geyserville 2008 Red Wine, 72% Zinfandel, 20 % Carignane, 6% Petite Syrah, 2% Mourvedre (Mataro), $29.74-$34.99, 93 points, is an amazing wine ( I would just like to say I'm so glad I didn't let my first impression of Ridge-wines stop me from trying these other wonderful wines ) from Ridge.
The color is dense Syrah purple, and the aroma is earthy with blackberry-spice, and is Ridge-typical-wonderful, and as is so often the case, more European in character than most Californian wines. Special, is a descriptor that comes to mind.
This Red Wine has good acidity and a firm tannin presence. There is the obligatory plum and Ridge's trademark tang accentuating this Red Wine, but there is also black olive, the proper subtle hint of violet, and intense Black and White pepper which shuttles a long finish to cap-off this wonderful experience.
Sorry if this is too detailed, tasting wine ought not be cumbersome, for the foundation of a really good wine is how delicious it is to YOU.
I can tell how much I love a wine: when I can't wait to get home and have another go at it.
The Geyserville is a wine to buy a case of, and every year open a bottle and compare the evolution of a great wine at a great price, because this wine is great now and will be great for years to come.
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