Saturday, June 17, 2006

TN: 2003 Ridge Geyserville

From Alexander Valley, Sonoma.
76% zinfandel, 18% carignane, 6% petite sirah (14.6% alcohol)

Deep red / garnet. Quite viscous visually when poured into the glass. Immediately a jammy layered nose of brambly raspberries and blueberries. There is a slightly singed-by-heat characteristic to this wine. Glycerin (oily) texture as well as sweetness coming from it. The singed-by-heat detected in the nose is felt more in the mouth, giving this wine a slightly roasted character, but I don't think the wine is "cooked." Ripe dusty tannin. Finishes with the classic peppery touch. Short - medium finish. A perfect BBQ wine, in my opinion.

3 stars (good)

About 2003 Ridge Geyserville by the winemaker, Mr. Paul Draper1:

"Ridge made its first Geyserville in 1966, from nineteenth century vines growing on the western edge of Alexander Valley. Over time, we have included more grapes planted along this quarter-mile-wide strip, which follows the old San Francisco & Northern Pacific Railway right-of-way. This distinctive "single site" now consists of three adjoining vineyards that share the same gravelly soils, exposure, and climate. In 2003, a period of intense heat in mid-September ripened all the zinfandel within two weeks; we harvested non-stop to hold sugars and overripeness in check. Reduced circulation during the natural-yeast fermentations moderated tannin extraction. We pressed at seven days, and a natural malolactic finished within five weeks. After a year of barrel aging in air-dried american oak, the wine was fined with fresh egg whites. This elegant Geyserville is delightful now, but will gain in complexity over the next five to eight years."


Anonymous said...

Keep up the wine reviews - sometimes I get overwhelmed with all those on Winexiles - it's good to read a few stand-alones.

~ Phyll said...

Will do. Thanks.