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Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley 2019  - First Bottle


94 James Suckling -
A beautiful red with lots of blackberries, cloves, stone, spice and purple fruit. It's full and balanced with a creamy texture and a flavorful finish. Some graphite to the black fruit. More zin this year in the blend. 71% zinfandel, 19% carignan, 7% petite sirah and 3% alicante bouschet. Drink now.

Technical Details

  • Blend71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignan, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante Bouschet
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationAlexander Valley, Sonoma County
  • VineyardGeyserville
  • Oak100% air dried American oak barrels (20% new, 2% one yr old, 22% two years old, 25% three years old, 22% four yr old, 9% five yr old)
  • Aging/Cooperage12 months in barrel
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • PH3.54
  • TA6.83 g/lg/100mLs

Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley 2019

Zinfandel Blends  |  US

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Don’t get me started. I can go on and on about how I almost took a job at Ridge back in 2000 (they wouldn’t let me live in a tent on the property), how I have collected it for decades now, how I had my mind exploded when I drank an immortally perfect 1968 Geyserville, how I got a private tour of Monte Bello with Paul Draper and drank a bottle of 1986 Petite Sirah with him...ahhhh. Good times!

The ‘19 is here. We tried it yesterday -- going to be another looooooong-lived masterpiece, I think. The oak has been pulled back a bit from the ‘18 (I like that), and as always, the wine has balance and harmony. Geyserville vineyard itself is now up to 130 years old (I know, right??) in some parts, and of course, it is an American historic landmark in my mind.

PAIRING IDEAS: We’re going to recommend a simple (but excellent!) cheese pizza here. Boring? No. This wine is highly complex, and you want to taste it ALL, everything the old, old vines have to offer! Don’t let the food overshadow this beauty!

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Ridge makes me so dang happy. My go-to would probably be Green Day, just so I can run around air-guitaring to the “Dookie” album....

About the Producer

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco's Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600', it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard”, now referred to as the Perrone Ranch.