2011 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville
Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 88

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.0%
Price at time of purchase: $38.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Zinfandel
Principal varietal(s): 78% Zin, 16% Carignane, 4% P. Sirah, 1% Alicante

Ridge did a really good job with their Zins in the difficult 2011 vintage. I'd rate the 2011 Geyserville only slightly behind the outstanding 2011 Lytton Springs. By no means a big Zin - barely hitting 14% alcohol - but sleek and feminine in style with a texture as much like a Pinot Noir as a Zinfandel. Still, it's a complex and delicious wine with an intriguing range of flavors from classic dark cherry to roasted figs, plums, and kirsch liqueur, along with a healthy dose of sweet, spicy oak. Velvety smooth, satisfying, not overpowering in any way. - HK 2015-10-15

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