Enormously complex and full of personality. Lots of juiciness and briaryness, with notes of espresso, soy sauce and gaminess. Very rich, impressive and structured, 2020 was Ridge’s 55th consecutive vintage of Geyserville, a wine that many Ridge collectors consider the winery’s best Zinfandel blend. Its pedigree is uncontested. Made from old vines, some of which are more than 125 years old and 60% of which are 50 years old or older, leading of course to tiny yields. A historic field blend of approximately 69% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro (the old name used in California for Mourvedre). The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards, all of which are defined by an ancient washout of the Russian River that carried and deposited gravel and river stones to the site.
Drinking Window: 2025 - 2040
The 2020 Geyserville is another solid effort in this incredibly challenging vintage. Red and black fruits, scorched earth, and candied violet notes emerge on the nose, and it's medium-bodied, has a round, supple texture, some firmer tannins, and a good finish. I think there's a touch of smoke here, yet it’s well managed and certainly the wine delivers pleasure, and the tannins are nicely integrated as well.
69% Zinfandel, 20% Carignane, 8% Petite Syrah, 2% Alicante Bouschet, 1% Mataro.
Plummy, ripe and fresh. Super-smooth texture. Milk chocolate, a few drops of liquorice. There's a little herby character on the dry, moderately long finish.