Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Geyserville Is A Geyser Galore

Ridge Geyserville 2008 Red Wine72% 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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1 comment:

  1. Quotes from wine shoppers this week:
    "I buy the cheapest wine." From a woman at a market in Derry.

    "I buy the least expensive Melbec." Voiced by a women at a market in Londonderry.

    "I'm looking for California wines with a European style (Too much alcohol in US wines), but at a reasonable price." From a women buying wine for friends at a NLS in Hooksett.

    My own comment is that it is no-wonder that so many markets in NH have these end isles, and these bins in the wine sections of the store filled with $3.99-$6.99 bottles of wine. I have read that the price of an average bottle of wine has risen over the year, but what that means is unclear.
    I wonder what this economy will do to the production of quality wine?
    Does it matter? If people buy the cheapest wines, then why make good ones?
    I'm sure that "Marie Antoinette" will find the best wines at the highest prices.
    The rest of us middle-class and lower class people will just have to break our piggy-banks.