Monday, June 16, 2014

Ridge Geyserville 2011 Zinfandel

Ridge Geyserville 2011 Zinfandel, $31.44-$39.66, 93+ points, poured a deep maroon/purple with a clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
The aroma of earth and blackberry with a floral component had subtle hints of tarragon, savory, and fennel.
Medium to medium-plus body carried mouth-watering acids, bright and persistent tannin, and flavors that mirrored the aroma with a touch of espresso.
Finished very long with pomegranate, spearmint, chipotle, and some warmth from the 14% alcohol.
The 2011 Geyserville is classified as a Zinfandel wine, because it is made-up of 78% Zinfandel grapes, while the 2008 Geyserville (the last one I tasted) had 72% Zinfandel grapes, making it a red wine (75% of a varietal is required to be classified as a single varietal in California).


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  1. One of the best of the best! And Geyserville ages very well too. If you ever see the Pagani, try that. It's my favorite - a great vineyard.

    1. John: I agree! I've had the Pagani 2007 and 2009 vintages, both of which were excellent!

  2. Grape percentage requirement rules seem to confuse people, but are nesessary, I suppose, to protect authenticity.

    1. VG: Grape percentage requirement rules do change from country to country, but when the label is explicit that helps; Bordeaux complicates things (Château La Dominique Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2009 Bordeaux is 100% Merlot, but you won't find that anywhere on either label), and some experience and research is really required, unless you are like me: experimentation is my rule, sort of like getting in your car and just driving without a plan or a map: just drive for the fun of it:-)'