Ridge Vineyards

Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend

9.317 ratings
9.33 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan
Top Notes For
Connor Smith

The first European grapes were planted in what is now the U.S. in the 1600s, where Spanish missionaries in New Mexico needed sacramental wine. But Phylloxera was ever-present near the eastern population centers, so the earliest American wine industries were built on hybrid grapes. Cincinnati's sparkling Catawba was America's first cult wine, followed by cultivars like Norton, Isabella, and Concord in Missouri and Virginia. The sleeping giant began to awaken in the 1850s, when Agoston Haraszthy began importing high-quality vine material to California.

It all came crashing down with Prohibition in 1920. Not only were vineyards ripped up and knowledge lost, but the American palate became soft and sweet. Low-quality fortified wine from whatever grapes were available became the standard of the American wine industry.

Things began to shift in the 1960s. Robert Mondavi brought dry table wine, varietally labeled, back to the forefront. Boutique producers like Ridge began to creep toward European quality standards. The 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, a sweeping victory for the Americans, proved that the New World wine was here to stay.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû's Wines 'History of Wine 1453AD-Present' seminar, where this wine was poured)

The first European grapes were planted in what is now the U.S. in the 1600s, where Spanish missionaries in New Mexico needed sacramental wine. But Phylloxera was ever-present near the eastern population centers, so the earliest American wine industries were built on hybrid grapes. Cincinnati's sparkling Catawba was America's first cult wine, followed by cultivars like Norton, Isabella, and Concord in Missouri and Virginia. The sleeping giant began to awaken in the 1850s, when Agoston Haraszthy began importing high-quality vine material to California.

It all came crashing down with Prohibition in 1920. Not only were vineyards ripped up and knowledge lost, but the American palate became soft and sweet. Low-quality fortified wine from whatever grapes were available became the standard of the American wine industry.

Things began to shift in the 1960s. Robert Mondavi brought dry table wine, varietally labeled, back to the forefront. Boutique producers like Ridge began to creep toward European quality standards. The 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, a sweeping victory for the Americans, proved that the New World wine was here to stay.

(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû's Wines 'History of Wine 1453AD-Present' seminar, where this wine was poured)

Aug 20th, 2019
Jay Kline

A delicious Geyserville in its youth! The fruit is beautifully balanced and utterly fresh; almost crunchy. But make no mistake, there is a lot going on here and time, as usual, will unlock more of the story here. This would be a really fun wine to watch evolve over the next 10-15 years, maybe longer.

A delicious Geyserville in its youth! The fruit is beautifully balanced and utterly fresh; almost crunchy. But make no mistake, there is a lot going on here and time, as usual, will unlock more of the story here. This would be a really fun wine to watch evolve over the next 10-15 years, maybe longer.

May 12th, 2019
Matt Sterr

18% caignane. Supple. Higher toned fruit. Very complex. Gorgeous.

18% caignane. Supple. Higher toned fruit. Very complex. Gorgeous.

Apr 5th, 2019
Mark Geylikman

Even after 2.5 hrs in the decanter, this was still evolving. High quality.

Even after 2.5 hrs in the decanter, this was still evolving. High quality.

Jan 5th, 2020
Jeff Hasmann

Great vintage for this American classic. Aromas of brambly blackberry and wild cherry. Mid-palate is lively with noticeable streaks of mineral throughout. The bright, vivacious acidity really stands out and brings this wine to life. However, it is very young - suggest cellaring for 10 years. It will continue to improve. 2017 vintage on Dec 2, 2019

Great vintage for this American classic. Aromas of brambly blackberry and wild cherry. Mid-palate is lively with noticeable streaks of mineral throughout. The bright, vivacious acidity really stands out and brings this wine to life. However, it is very young - suggest cellaring for 10 years. It will continue to improve. 2017 vintage on Dec 2, 2019

Dec 3rd, 2019
George Doolan

Berry salad, orange peel, old baseball mitt. Decent complexity and density but without much structure at this point. Soft tannins. So young, not really sure what to make of this but it will definitely improve.

Berry salad, orange peel, old baseball mitt. Decent complexity and density but without much structure at this point. Soft tannins. So young, not really sure what to make of this but it will definitely improve.

Jun 24th, 2019
Tim Schroeder

Jammy California Zinfandel with hints of something more complex and a good dose of tannin that doesn’t really show up until that first taste of jam starts to fade. Would love to taste it at ten years old but I can’t imagine having the patience.

Jammy California Zinfandel with hints of something more complex and a good dose of tannin that doesn’t really show up until that first taste of jam starts to fade. Would love to taste it at ten years old but I can’t imagine having the patience.

Jun 16th, 2019
Renee fini

Tasting at Ridge MonteBello Vineyards. Exceptional

Tasting at Ridge MonteBello Vineyards. Exceptional

Apr 7th, 2019
Andrew Kienle

Andrew had this 5 days ago

Andrew had this 5 days ago

Feb 15th, 2020
Oscar Beckmann

Oscar had this a month ago

Oscar had this a month ago

Jan 18th, 2020